President Erdogan urges national mobilisation against terror

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls for national mobilisation against terrorist organisations following recent bloody attacks by DAESH and PKK in Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul and capital Ankara

Photo by: AA
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during World forestry, Water, Meteorological and Newruz Day at Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 21, 2016.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appealed to the nation for a full mobilisation against terrorist organisations following recent deadly suicide bombings by DAESH and the PKK in Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul and the country's capital Ankara.

"I call a new [national] mobilisation," Erdogan declared, invoking important historical events which have helped shape Turkish national identity over the last thousand years during a speech in Istanbul on Monday.

"We know very well that terrorist organisations have been conducting these terror acts [against us] in order to imprison our country into their bloody agenda and drag our nation down into [psychological] exhaustion," Erdogan said.

He said Turkey will continue its fight against terror without any interruption as it laments for its losses, adding that the country will maintain its national goals and will not give up its nationwide projects.

The country will certainly prevail over terror threats, he added.

Turkey has been targeted with increasing terror attacks by the DAESH and PKK terrorist groups since a suicide bombing which was carried out by DAESH in Suruc District of Sanliurfa Province that claimed 34 lives on July 20.

The latest DAESH attack in Turkey took place on Saturday when a DAESH-linked terrorist carried out a suicide attack in Istanbul’s Beyoglu District, killing at least five people and wounding 39 others.

In January, DAESH carried out a suicide bombing in central Istanbul which killed 11 tourists and two people also died when a school in southern Kilis Province was hit by a rocket fired by the DAESH terrorist group from Syria across the border, according to Turkish authorities.

In October 2015, 103 people were killed in a double DAESH suicide bombing attack in Ankara.

Recent PKK terror attacks have additionally killed more than 300 security officials in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and half year-long ceasefire on July 11 and threatened the country with further attacks.

Most recently, the TAK, which is affiliated with the PKK terrorist group, claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 37 people in Ankara in a statement released on its website on Thursday.

On March 13, a suicide car bomb was detonated in the Kizilay District near Guvenpark in Ankara, which adjoins a major transportation hub of bus and minibus stops and the city's central metro station.

A suicide attacker set off a car bomb on Feb. 17 near the Turkish General Staff and parliament buildings in Ankara, killing 29 people and wounding 81 others.

The TAK claimed responsibility for the attack several days later.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern and eastern regions by the PKK which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, the US, and NATO.

In response to the PKK and DAESH attacks, Turkish security forces have stepped up efforts against the terrorist groups, launching comprehensive operations against the armed organisations within the country and also hitting their respective positions in northern Iraq and Syria since late July.

TRTWorld and agencies