A car bomb went off in the central Turkish city of Kayseri Saturday. The attack targeted a bus carrying off-duty military personnel. The deadly bomb blast left 13 dead and over 50 injured. This is the third similar attack in a week.
On December 11, twin bomb blasts targeted police officers outside a stadium in Istanbul killing 38 people.
Turkish president Recep Tayep Erdogan has blamed the Kurdish separatists for the Saturday’s attack. However, no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
“The style and goals of the attacks clearly show the aim of the separatist terrorist organization is to trip up Turkey, cut its strength and have it focus its energy and forces elsewhere,” said Erdogan in a statement.
Turkish officials usually brand the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) as separatists. PKK is listed as a terrorist group by the United States, the European Union and Turkey. In the past, PKK and Daesh have been claiming responsibility for such attacks in the country.
HDP office stormed
Angry protesters broke into the head-quarters of the pro-kurdish HDP political party in the city. They broke the doors and windows, threw the furniture out and removed the party’s sign. Some protesters also climbed to the top of the building and set fire to vent their anger.
Russia ready to cooperate with Turkey
Russian president Vladimir Putin has said that Kremlin is ready to cooperate with Turkey in countering terrorism. In a telegram delivered after the attack, Putin showed his willingness to cooperate with Ankara. The Russian leader also expressed condolence over the deadly blast.
Turkey’s Syria policy backfired
The ongoing campaign of terror in Turkey is a direct result of it’s wrong policies towards the Syrian crisis. Turkish government has a primary and leading role in wreaking havoc in the neighboring Arab republic. Ankara provided it’s all out support to the various terrorist groups with a mindset of bringing down the government of Bashar Al-Asad.
The country openly provided logistic support and political cover to some of the worst terror groups in history like IS.
Possible shift in Turkey’s Syria policy
As the threats form IS and Kurdish PKK increased with time, Ankara showed a possible shift of policy towards Syria. The steady progress of Syrian army and allied forces on the ground shattered Erdogan’s dream of toppling the Syrian government.
Though not completely giving up it’s support for foreign sponsored terror groups in Syria, Ankara now seems to be willing to cooperate with Russia and Iran regarding the Syrian war, both staunch allies of the government in Damascus. The liberation of Aleppo by Syrian Arab Army has left the supporters of terror groups in the country trembling with fear of loosing ground.
In addition to all the loses Turkey has suffered in the Syrian battle field recently, the country’s homeland security is also deteriorating. The campaign of terror attacks in the country seems to be on an ascent with two deadly bombings just last week that left over 51 people dead.
Feeling itself in a quagmire, Turkey seems to be quite switching the alliance for a couple of months now. Russia, Iran and Turkey are cooperating closer than ever to find a possible resolution to the Syrian crisis. On Sunday, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov held separate telephone conversations with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts. The discussions were aimed and facilitating a political resolution to the war in Syria.
Mark Weber, director of Institute for Historical Review talked to Presstv about this new alignment.
“This collaboration among Russia, Iran, [and] Syria and now at least to some extent with Turkey is part of a really dramatic change that is taking place and it is part of a major disaster by the United States … and also a great miscalculation by [US President] Barack Obama’s administration in Syria,” said the analyst.