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Three Kurdish women found shot dead in Paris - police

PARIS | Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:40am EST

(Reuters) - The bodies of three Kurdish women who appeared to have died from gunshots to the head were found early on Thursday at the Kurdish Institute in Paris, a police source said.
An employee of the institute told French media that one of the women killed was Sakine Cansiz, a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group.
"There is no doubt this was politically motivated," Berivan Akyol, the employee, told i<Tele television.
Police launched a murder investigation after discovering the bodies, along with three shell casings, in a room of the institute in central Paris, the source said, adding that their nationality was Turkish.
The PKK, which is fighting for greater autonomy for Kurds, has waged a 28-year insurgency against the Turkish state in which more than 40,000 people have been killed.
The Turkish government has recently acknowledged holding talks with the organization's jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan.
They have agreed a framework for a peace plan, according to Turkish media reports.
A little more in this article and a short video at the link.

The geopoliticians play cruel and shameless games with the Kurdish people.

And so strategia della tensione continues.....

Quote:Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris

Sakine Cansiz, a PKK co-founder, among three women found dead in office building with bullet wounds to neck and chest

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris and Constanze Letsch in Istanbul, Thursday 10 January 2013 18.10 GMT

Three Kurdish women activists have been found dead with bullet wounds to the neck and chest in the Kurdistan information centre in Paris.

One of the women found in the early hours of Thursday was said to be Sakine Cansiz, a co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK).
Sakine Cansiz Sakine Cansiz. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Officials in Turkey have been holding talks with the PKK's jailed leader, Abdullah Öcalan, to persuade the group to disarm. The decades-long conflict between the Turkish state and the PKK has killed about 40,000 people since the 1980s.

Another victim of the Paris shootings, Fidan Dogan, was part of the Kurdistan National Congress, based in Brussels. The third was a young activist.

Kurdish groups in Turkey said the murders could be part of an attempt to sabotage the peace talks. Mehmet Ali Ertas, an activist and journalist at the pro-Kurdish news agency DIHA in Diyarbakir, said: "These murders happened during a pivotal moment. Military operations [against the PKK] and the talks [with Öcalan] are both ongoing.

"It looks like someone is trying to impede on the possibility of a peace process, like someone wants to create chaos."

Ihsan Kaçar, head of the Istanbul Human Rights Association, said the murders could have been an attempt to undermine the positive reaction in Turkey to the nascent peace process. "I was very hopeful about the talks with Öcalan, but after reading about the killings in Paris, these hopes have been shattered," he said.

The bodies were discovered on the first floor of the building in Paris's 10th arrondissement just before 2am after one woman's partner, concerned he could not contact her, called police.

The French interior minister, Manuel Valls, visited the scene and described the killings as intolerable and unacceptable. He said French anti-terror police would help with the inquiry.

French police sources told reporters that the crime scene suggested "an execution", but the circumstances and motive remain unclear. "The only certainty for the moment is that this is a triple homicide," a French police spokesperson told TF1 news.

The shooting is believed to have taken place late on Wednesday afternoon, but the bodies were not discovered until the early hours of Thursday morning.

The building where the women were found is said to have housed an office of the Kurdistan information centre of Paris, though there was no door plaque identifying the building, situated between a Bengali grocer and a mobile phone shop on a busy street near Paris's Gare du Nord. The blinds and net curtains of the first-floor windows were closed and riot police guarded the door.

At midday around 200 Kurdish protesters gathered outside the building with flags of Öcalan, shouting: "We are all the PKK." One 25-year-old protester, who said his parents were political activists, said: "The community is in shock. We all knew these women.

"There are so many Kurdish political refugees in France. If we can't feel safe here where can we feel safe? This killing was clearly well organised. Unfortunately this is a dirty war. The feeling among this crowd is that this killing was done to sabotage the peace talks."

In Istanbul, Asiye Kolçak, of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy party, said: "Sakine Cansiz was an activist and a revolutionary in the Kurdish women's struggle for 40 years. [Her murder] is an attack also on Kurdish women's struggle for freedom."

She added: "We also hold the French government responsible for this, and we expect the French government to thoroughly investigate the killings, and bring the murderers to justice."
And now we get some false flag terror from the Turkish wing of Gladio, to provide further impetus to the pathetic War on Terror Part 2.

Quote:US embassy bombing in Turkey called 'act of terror' by Obama administration

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says early information links Ankara bomber to a domestic militant group

Constanze Letsch in Istanbul, Chris McGreal in Washington and Associated Press in Ankara, Friday 1 February 2013 20.19 GMT

Link to video: Suicide bomb at US embassy in Turkey, two dead

The Obama administration has declared a suicide bomb at the US embassy in Turkey (video), in which the attacker and a local guard died, as an "act of terror".

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said preliminary information obtained by police indicated that the bomber was likely connected to a domestic left-wing militant group.

A Turkish television journalist was also seriously wounded in the blast, which happened at around 1.15pm local time in the Turkish capital, Ankara. Two other guards sustained lighter injuries. The ambassador, Francis Ricciardione, was unhurt.

According to Turkish daily Radikal, the suicide bomber was Ecevit Sanli, a leftwing activist and member of leftwing organisation Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C. He was arrested in 1997 for an attack on a military dorm in Istanbul, and released in 2002, following an illness sustained by a period of hunger strike in prison.

Friday's explosion occurred inside the security checkpoint at the side entrance to the embassy, which is used by staff. A guard standing outside the checkpoint was killed while the two guards who were wounded "were standing in a more protected area", said the interior minister, Muammer Guler.

The embassy building in Ankara is heavily protected and located near several other embassies, including those of Germany and France.

Turkish police closed off the street to all traffic for fear of a second bomb attack, and embassy staff were moved to secure rooms inside the building.

In a statement, the embassy thanked "the Turkish government, the media, and members of the public for their expressions of solidarity and outrage over the incident".

In Washington, Victoria Nuland, the state department spokeswoman, said: "We are working closely with the Turkish national police to make a full assessment of the damage and the casualties, and to begin an investigation."

At the White House briefing, Jay Carney said: "A suicide bombing in the perimeter of an embassy is by definition an act of terror, a terrorist attack." But he also said: "We do not know at this point who is responsible or the motivations."

The injured journalist was 38-year-old Didem Tuncay, who until recently had worked for NTV television. A hospital official said she was "not in critical condition."

Americans in Turkey were warned to avoid visiting the embassy or US consulates in Istanbul and Adana until further notice and were told to register on the State Department's website.

Ricciardone declared that the US and Turkey "will continue to fight terrorism together" and described the embassy compound as secure. "From today's event, it is clear that we both suffer from this terrible, terrible problem of today's world. We are determined after events like this even more to cooperate together until we defeat this problem together," he said.

Erdogan echoed that sentiment, saying the attack aimed to disturb Turkey's "peace and prosperity" and demonstrated a need for international cooperation against terrorism.

Ricciardone visited Tuncay in the hospital and told reporters outside that he had invited her to the US embassy for tea. He also paid tribute to the Turkish guard who was killed, calling him a "Turkish hero" who died while defending US and Turkish staff at the embassy.
The Workers' Party of Kurdistan (PKK), formed in 1978 by Abdullah Öcalan, is an armed organization posing as a guerrilla movement claiming independence of territories Kurdish population of between Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq. Placed on the official list of terrorist organizations in most Western countries, including France, for over 10 years, the PKK was then divided into four entities: The PRD for Turkey, Syria to the PYD, The PÇDK for Iraqi Kurdistan and the PJAK in Iran and other "pharmacies", so to escape their member any inadmissibility. [Image: cansiz2.png]
In addition to its terrorist activities, the PKK is widely suspected of being funded by drug trafficking and racketeering. Several examples confirm these doubts. In August 2008, Nedim Seven, who was the treasurer of the PKK, was arrested in Italy and extradited to France, which had issued an international arrest warrant against him. At the time of his arrest, experts of Turkish-terrorism against French police have provided a record of drug trafficking and organized by the PKK According to this case, the drug came from Iraq and is transported to Frankfort by various means, before being distributed throughout Europe. The money from the sale of narcotics was then forwarded to the various entities connected to the PKK. Also, Baybasin Abdullah, who controlled up to 90% of the heroin in the UK for 20 years and was condemned for this reason at 22 years in prison, and his brother, Huseyin Babasin, lifer also for heroin trafficking by the Dutch courts. According to British journalist Jason Bennetto, this money was used to fund the traffic PKK. Sakine Cansiz His code name was "Sara". She was one of the founding executives of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Sakine Cansiz was found dead with two other activists in an apartment in Paris, Thursday, January 10. Each was shot in the neck. Sakine Cansiz was 20 years old when she participated in 1978, the founding of the PKK in Lice, not far from his hometown. They are not very numerous, but there is also Abdullah Öcalan, the "head honcho" of the PKK now imprisoned in isolation on the island of Imrali, in the Marmara Sea, Turkey, since 1999. In 1979, she was arrested. She is imprisoned in Diyarbakir, the main city in south-eastern Anatolia. Meanwhile, in 1984, the Marxist-Leninist organization takes up arms against Ankara. The conflict has killed more than 45,000. Sakine Cansiz released from prison in 1991. She starts to advocate illegally. She actively fights within the PKK in southeastern Turkey. She also spends training camp available at the time the motion in the Lebanese Bekaa plain. In 1992 or 93, according to sources, Sakine Cansiz from Germany. A large community of Turkish workers living there. It organizes the activities of the PKK, always on the instructions of Abdullah Öcalan. The two other Kurdish activists found dead with her was less known. One of them, Dogan Fidan, 32, was the representative in France of the Kurdistan Information Centre, a showcase of the PKK and Kurdish member of the National Council, another organization of the nebula Kurdish. According Dorothée Schmid, director of the Turkey program at the French Institute of International Relations, Dogan Fidan Sakine Cansiz and both were under police surveillance. Organizations "narco" in the pay of the West? The murder of three Kurdish activists comes as we are about to publish a folder on the instrumentalization of narco organizations by Western powers, especially the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army) and the PJAK (Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan), an offshoot of the PKK is trying to destabilize Iran by bloody attacks. Spencer Delane

Killing of PKK militants in Paris: Runway Turkish prime

Posted January 12, 2013 by Mecanopolis. Comments Off

Three days after the brutal killing of three militants linked to the PKK in the "Information Center of Kurdistan," a two-piece discreet - no label or plate - the first floor of 147, rue Lafayette, Paris, investigators seem favor the Turkish track . [Image: sakine21.png]
The killing of Dogan Fidan, President of the "center", 28 years Soylemez Leyla, a young activist of 25 years and above Sakine Cansiz, we did the portrait in our brief article yesterday raises several hypotheses, all based on political motives leading to Turkey. The triple murder was probably committed late Wednesday afternoon, at around 18h. Or the killers came without a break. This is the "boyfriend" of one of the three women, no news of her, which eventually get a set of keys and found the three bodies at 11.45. What is certain is that the murderer was skilled enough to elude the vigilance of the PKK activist accustomed to the semi-underground, and who knew they were being monitored by the Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence (DCRI). Racketeering and extortion The Paris terrorism prosecutor told the investigation of the homicide and the Paris Branch terrorism (SDAT) of the PJ, which accumulates over twenty years of business racket in the PKK to finance the "cause ". End of 2011, eighteen members of the PKK leaders and have been condemned by the Paris Criminal Court for extortion, including Nedim Seven, considered the "cashier" of the organization. "Turkey assassins, Holland accomplice" Activists and supporters of the PKK protested Thursday in Paris with shouts of "murderers Turkey, Holland accomplice" waving flag with the image of Abdullah Öcalan, the PKK leader historical (see our article yesterday), leaning to uen "attack of the Turkish state. "There is a clear attempt to sabotage the process nécogiation", shouted from Brussels Ramzi Kartal, figure in exile PKK. Operation of the Turkish secret services (MIT), which would aim to derail the ongoing discussions to end the armed struggle, the track seems to be most favored currently. Ads optimistic authorities in Ankara, indicating that "significant progress has been made" to end the armed struggle opposing the PKK, as well as discussions of the boss of MIT, Hakan Fidan, with Abdullah Öcalan, many activists of the organization now sees as a traitor to their "cause" could be a "Tactical smoking out", and the assassination in Paris of three militant PKK strategy to divide the various factions PKK.
PJAK a terrorist organization supported by Germany?

Posted January 19, 2013 by Mecanopolis. Comments Off

The intervention of France in Mali, and certainly disastrous consequences - that nobody is able to measure current - occult killing three militants of the PKK, which took place last week in Paris, and to which we have devoted two articles . With the intent to deliver a complete file to our readers on the PKK and its parallel organizations is on the case of PJAK, whose objective is to try to destabilize Iran through terrorist actions, as we consider today.
PJAK (Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan) is a political organization and army, using the pretext of the autonomy of the Kurdish people, using all means, especially terrorist action to fight against the Iranian regime. PJAK, which was created in 2004, following its first Congress, at the initiative of the PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan history - and with the support, both financially and logistically, the United States and Israel - is directed from Germany by Abdulrahman Haji Ahmadi. Indeed, as it may seem surprising, while the PJAK, which depends directly on the PKK is considered a terrorist organization by both the European Union, NATO and the United States, Abdulrahman Haji Ahmadi leads the PJAK since its discreet apartment in Cologne, in Kölnstraße, whose walls are covered with pictures of "martyrs Kurdish." It should be noted that Mr. Hamadi has a German passport, as he was for a time married to a German. The agronomist, born in 1941 in north-western Iran, in a village near Naqadeh could run a peaceful retirement, but he prefers to deal in finding funds for PJAK, Brussels and Washington. Indeed, as we mentioned already in June 2011 , the PJAK terrorist organization was able to open an office in Brussels, so as to exert its influence as any other "lobbying firm" on the executive European Union. But before that, in summer 2007, Mr. Hamadi went to Washington. U.S. diplomats say the reception was rather "reserved", but it is still surprising that the leader of an organization officially classified as terrorist by the United States to be officially in the country's capital. The home of Mr. Hamadi Washington was "reserved" or not, it is clear that the United States supports the PJAK in his maneuvers to destabilize Iran, which was confirmed recently in the weekly Der Spiegel Robert Baer, ​​a former CIA agent who worked for many years in northern Iraq, which maintains close ties with the Kurdish political scene. Mr. Baer says: "It is obvious that the United States provide information PJAK to enable them to destabilize Iran. This information, and to a lesser extent in the field of training given to them by the Delta Forces. " Germany, the PJAK terrorist sympathizer? German security experts have very different views of the PJAK. While the intelligence inside (Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND) claims that the activities of the organization in Germany "are barely worthy of mention," federal prosecutors last year, launched an investigation, not against its leader Abdulrahman Haji Ahmadi, but whether the PJAK is a "terrorist group" as defined by German law. This then, as we have already indicated, the PJAK, which depends on the PKK, is already considered as such by the Council of the European Union. Writing Mecanopolis sought to meet Mr. Hamadi to do some maintenance, but it has unfortunately so far been impossible. We would, however, been very interested to speak with the leader of PJAK, especially about the organization of its funding - particularly suspicion of drug trafficking against him - which will also be the subject of our next article on the subject.

Exclusive interview with a former senior PJAK

Posted June 14, 2011 by Mecanopolis. 23 Comments [Image: blank.gif]

Nobody can doubt the sufferings of the Kurds, especially during the 1988 massacre in Halabja, Iraq, where thousands of civilians were killed by chemical weapons. The people of Indo-European struggle for more than a century for self-determination, which is perfectly legitimate. This may seem questionable by cons is that this will be used, and can even be diverted from its initial objectives by armed groups who do not hesitate to resort to terrorist methods, and perhaps even international drug trafficking. This is in line manifestations of Kurdish organizations and NGOs on the Place des Nations in Geneva, in recent weeks, we could be in relationship with Rizgar (1), a former PJAK (Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan). Political organization and army wants to build an independent state, apparently concentrating its military action on Iran. Our goal is not to cause for either party, but according to the motto of Simenon "Do not judge, understand." To be completely objective, we will soon speak to a manager's assets PJAK, so that it can respond to assertions that our interlocutor has in this interview. Mecanopolis Mecanopolis: PJAK has indicated a desire to intensify its terrorist operations on Iranian soil. What do you think the destructive capacity of this organization? Rizgar: His abilities are not very important. PJAK does not directly conflict with the Iranian forces. Generally, it takes the Kurdish civilians who cooperate with Tehran, or they attack the positions of the border police. Which is contradictory to this organization that claims to fight for the interests of the Kurdish people is that these border cantonments are generally held by two or three young Kurds who do their compulsory military service. It is indeed in Iran, the soldiers doing their military service in the region where they are native. PJAK kills Kurdish therefore, which is the inverse of its leaders claiming intentions. Thus, on April 1, nine young soldiers were killed by Kurdish PJAK to Mariwan (Kurdish region of Iran). To answer your question completely, I can say that PJAK has no heavy weapons, and the number of its armed forces does not exceed 500 men. PJAK is there a real danger to the security of Iran? Frankly, no. 500 armed men can do nothing against the Iranian army. Also, the body of the Revolutionary Guards, the police forces and Basij exceed twenty million men and women. PJAK force lies in its propaganda of victimization in the Western media. Is Iran negotiate directly or indirectly with the PJAK? No, never. Moreover, Abdulrahman Haji Ahmadi, president of PJAK, said in a recent interview that he never participated in any direct or indirect negotiations with the Iranian government. He also claims that it will never happen. For the Iranian government, the PJAK can not be a partner from the moment he committed terrorist acts, and more against Kurdish civilians. PJAK would push through terror. In the numbers 9 and 10 Alternative, the magazine's propaganda organization, they did not hesitate to threaten Kurdish journalists who have reservations about their organization. They also threatened the spokesman of the Organization for Human Rights in Kurdistan, that even while Tehran does not recognize the legitimacy of the NGO. That the PJAK criticizes journalists and NGOs is that they denounce their terrorist attacks against Kurdish civilians.
Historically, the PJAK is one of the "arm" of the PKK. Do you think that these two organizations are still linked today?
This is obvious. A recent interview with Osman Ocalan, brother of Abdullah Ocalan, the founder of the PKK has repeatedly confirmed. PJAK and PKK are in permanent contact. The PKK and PJAK receive military training in the same training camps. The only difference is that PJAK is only active on Iranian soil. Also, the president's official PJAK, Haji Ahmadi, is in place to create the illusion that it is the Iranian Kurds who decide the actions of the organization. In fact, the orders come from instances of the PKK, the highest decision-making level. The United States and the European Union have put PJAK on its list of terrorist organizations. How is it you think that the President of PJAK, Haji Ahmadi, can live freely in Germany? This demonstrates the hypocritical policy of "double standards" of Western countries. Moreover, Belgium has recently given the green light to PJAK to open an office in Brussels. This time, as you indicate, this organization is considered a terrorist. But to understand the issues, we must take into account that, according to Interpol, 80% of the heroin from the Middle East passes through the PKK and PJAK. This represents huge sums that can negotiate benefits for the PJAK with European countries and the United States. PJAK is not active in Iraq. Do you think that this is the result of an agreement with the United States? Certainly. After the events of September 11, 2001, the PKK under American influence, changed the name of its military organizations. This is how new organizations were created: the PJAK in Iran, the PCDK for Iraq, the PYD for Syria. Osman Jafari, who is a leader of PJAK does not hide that he met in 2007 an American delegation in Kirkuk (northern Iraq). What do you think are the real objectives of the PJAK? PJAK, under the pretext of fighting for the independence of the Kurdish people, has actually only one ambition: to destabilize Iran. Its military organization enables it to operate in the trafficking of heroin, which is useful to finance its operations and also to corrupt a number of European and American influential interlocutor. But this organization has actually no credibility. In Iraq, the Kurdish political bodies not recognize him any legitimacy. As Komala (Revolutionary Committee of Iranian Kurdistan) and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan. Several sources indicate that the PJAK would be funded and trained by the Mossad (Israel) and the CIA (United States). What can you tell us about that? As I have said, the drug trafficking operated by the PJAK is a lot of money. This attracts necessarily overlapping interests. Relations between PJAK and the US-Zionist interests are obvious. Moreover, the American journalist Reese Erlich has written several articles that show that members of PJAK are trained by Israeli soldiers in the grounds of the airport Arabial, in northern Iraq. Kurdish minority living in Iran claims to be abused by the government in Tehran. What do you think? I do not deny the problems of Kurds and other minorities in Iran. The situation is also difficult for the Iranians themselves. However, the mass murder of PJAK are less of a problem in relation to the negligence of Tehran. Nothing legitimizes terrorist PJAK.

You are a former PJAK. Why did you leave this organization? Mainly because of the contradictions between the total objectives and the actions taken on the ground. He was also unbearable that the Kurdish cause is exploited for the benefit of mafia activities. Over time, I realized that the PJAK wandered into a paranoid drift, making each Kurds who do not support the strategy of the organization a traitor potential. I did not want to live in a cult where everyone must worship Apo (Ocalan) as if it were a living god, and where the president of the organization, Haji Ahmadi, is almost nonexistent. When you leave the PJAK, have you received any threats? Do you feel in danger? I have not received any threats. Nobody knows where I live. But cons, other senior PJAK were murdered after defection. Heval Hogir was killed in a bus in Germany Kani Yilmaz Heval, who was the former representative of the PKK in Europe, was killed in the city of Sulaymaniyah, in Iraqi Kurdistan; Heval On Sipan and Kemal have also been killed in the city of Tchamtchamal in Iraqi Kurdistan. These last two murders have even been claimed by Osman Ocalan in an interview with the propaganda organs of the PJAK. Have you given up the fight for the Kurdish people? I abandoned the struggle by violence, as I am now convinced that the terrorist actions by the PJAK will solve nothing. I'm sure if we could organize a referendum among the Kurdish people, he would reject the strategy of mass violence of the PKK and its military organizations. What I want is to put in place, from Switzerland, peaceful actions to be useful to my people.
Interview conducted in May and June 2011 by Claude Covassi founder Mecanopolis

  1. Rizgar is a pseudonym. For security reasons, our interlocutor wished to remain anonymous, we respect - more so than our meetings, conducted in a large discretion, we have demonstrated that the subject was not without risk.
Interesting that France releases this as Turkey is bombing anti-ISIS fighter Kurds as we speak.


FRANCE- TURkey : French inquiry implicates Turkish secret services in Paris Kurds' murder

23 July 2015
[Image: 2013-01-10T165919Z_427704083_PM1E91A1CON...URDS_0.JPG]Portrait of Sakine Cansiz in front of the Kurdish cultural centre where she was killed in 2013 Reuters/Charles Platiau

French investigators have found that Turkey's secret services were probably involved in the murder of three Kurdish women activists in Paris in 2013. For the first time ever an official inquiry has implicated a foreign intelligence service in a political murder committed in France.

The official French inquiry calls for suspect Omer Guney to be sent to trial for involvement in a terrorist enterprise for the murder of Sakine Cansiz, 54, Fidan Dogan, 29, and Leyla Seylemez, 25, at a Kurdish culutral centre in Paris in 2013.
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All three were supporters of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), with which Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government opened peace talks in 2012 following several decades of separatist insurgency.
Guney, who denies the charges, posed as a fervent PKK supporter himself, but his friends said he was a right-wing Turkish nationalist and the inquiry found that he had frequent contact with the Turkish secret services, the MIT, according to Le Monde newspaper.
"Numerous elements allow us to suspect the implication of the MIT in the instigation and preparation of the murders," its report says.
But, it adds, that it was unable to establish whether MIT agents acted on official orders or without their bosses' knowledge in order to sabotage the peace process.
The investigation found that Guney, who asked for the Turkish embassy to be alerted when he was arrested, made several trips to Turkey in the six months before the murders.
There he used a "secret" telephone line to contact certain people, one of whom could not be identified because the Turkish authorities refused to allow the investigators to interview him.
Leaks in the Turkish press have backed up the thesis of MIT involvement.
Last year Erdogan himself accused US-based preacher, Fethullah Gulen, of having "committed a series of murders in Paris" so as to "sabotage" the peace process.
Gulen, who had a network of supporters in the Turkish state, backed Erdogan in his rise to power but split with him before the last election, leading to a purge of the police and judiciary.
This is the first time a French inquiry has named a foreign secret service in connection with murders committed on French soil.
Quote:Gulen, who had a network of supporters in the Turkish state, backed Erdogan in his rise to power but split with him before the last election, leading to a purge of the police and judiciary.

So Erdogan has no real control over his own country?

Everyone knows Gulen is a CIA/US stooge. Is this a simple Saddam/Gaddafi style case with Erdogan? Initially supported by the 'western powers' and then dumped and turned on when not needed anymore?