The message is loud and clear: The coalition of terrorists who have been targeting Turkey in 2016 will continue their assault against us in 2017.
They unleashed a bloodbath in Istanbul in the early hours of the new year when a lone gunman raided a nightclub in Istanbul killing 39 people and wounding scores of others.President Tayyip Erdogan has dubbed the New Year’s Eve shooting spree that left 39 people dead at an Istanbul nightclub “dirty games,” vowing Turkey will fight to the end against all forms of terrorist attacks. A manhunt for the attacker is still ongoing.
“They are trying to create chaos, demoralize our people, and destabilize our country with abominable attacks which target civilians,” Erdogan said in a statement, adding “we will retain our cool-headedness as a nation, standing more closely together, and we will never give ground to such dirty games.”
“As a nation, we will fight to the end against not just the armed attacks of terror groups and the forces behind them, but also against their economic, political and social attacks,” he promised.
Until now terrorist groups like the Kurdish secessionist PKK, the so-called Islamic State’s Daesh, the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) led by Fethullah Gülen, which tried to stage a coup in Turkey, and the left-wing Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) have been staging bloody terrorist events in Turkey. It is clear that these groups are acting under the coordination of foreign forces to destabilize the government and create the impression that Turkey is in a hopelessly unmanageable situation.