Hard as it is to believe, things are getting even more violent and destabilizing in the Middle East. Today comes news of a terrorist attack in Ankara, the capital of Turkey.
Two devastating explosions struck Saturday morning in the heart of Ankara, the Turkish capital, killing more than 80 people who had gathered for a peace rally and heightening tensions just three weeks before snap parliamentary elections.
At least 86 people were killed and 186 were wounded, said the health minister, Mehmet Muezzinoglu.
The blasts, which appeared to be the deadliest terrorist attack in modern Turkey’s history, occurred near Ankara’s main train station just as groups of Kurds and leftists planned to march to protest the recent resumption of armed conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish militants. It is a conflict that has been waged for nearly three decades, but in recent times the two sides seemed on the path to peace.
The Turks are fighting the Iraqi Kurds (again), but Turkey has also agreed to cooperate with the US against the Islamic State and the Assad regime, providing air bases, among other things. In addition to the Iraqi Kurds, their Syrian counterparts are also allies of the US, and the Syrian Kurds have come under Tuekish attacks as well. This will be on your final exam, so pay attention.
This would all be really funny if wasn’t for the thousands of deaths and millions of refugees that this clusterfuck of a situation has created, which have resulted in great instability in otherwise stable places like - Turkey, for example. Thanks Dick Cheney!