The fire that raged through Istanbul's main airport was brought under control and extinguished, and flights are resuming, but questions linger about
what exactly started the fire. Officials have issued conflicting statements, and now a Kurdish group is said to have claimed responsibility via
email. Their claims have not been authenticated, and the official word as of this writing, is that terrorism was not the cause of the blaze.
A hardline Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for a major fire at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport on Wednesday, a pro-Kurdish
news agency reported on its Web site.
The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons Organization, a hardline group linked to the main Kurdish guerrilla group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, said
it started the blaze, which destroyed much of the cargo terminal at the airport, according to the Netherlands-based Firat News Agency's Web site.
Firat News Agency, which often receives information from Kurdish rebel leaders, said it received the claim by e-mail.
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Well, this is a very interesting twist on the airport fire. I thought there might have been more to it when the story broke, but it was quickly
ruled accidental. Regardless of what actually
caused the fire, I am very disturbed by the trend I see. Something will happen that could be
considered terrorism, and before any investigation is underway (nevermind completed) some official or another will bravely step in front of a camera
and state that they have ruled out terrorism.
That's incredibly dishonest, from where I'm sitting. How can one rule out anything without an investigation? That's ludicrous, right? I think
they rule out terrorism to maintain the illusion of safety, pending an investigation.
That being said, this could be a false claim on the part of the news organization publishing the claim, on the part of the people who made the claim,
or it could be real. I don't know, and I suspect the investigators won't know for a while yet.
[edit on 25-5-2006 by DontTreadOnMe]