A group calling themselves the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) has claimed responsibilty for the huge inferno that engulfed the Ataturk Airport in
Instanbul, Turkey. The group says the sabotage is in response to "the policies of massacre followed by the Turkish state towards the Kurds". Turkish
authorities claimed the fire was probably the result of an electrical circuit malfunction and have yet to acknowledge whether the TAK is actually to
ISTANBUL (AFP) - A radical Kurdish group said it was responsible for a fire at the cargo section of Istanbul's Ataturk airport, the hub of
international air travel in Turkey, which slightly injured three people and caused delays in air traffic.
The claim, which could not be confirmed, was made by a group calling itself the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) in a message to Firat, a pro-Kurdish
news agency based in Europe.
The Turkish authorities have identified an electrical short circuit as the probable cause of the blaze.
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To me this is a story of more importance than it might appear at first glance. The Kurdish minorities of Turkey, Iraq and Iran are all growing
intensely restless over the last decade or so.
With the invasion of Iraq the Kurds have sought more and more autonomy for the Northern (oil filled) provinces of Iraq. If full blown civil war is
actually raging in Iraq, and now Turkish Kurd renegades torching and targeting major economic hubs of the country, we could be witnessing the
embryonic stage of a Kurdish proto-state forming.
This theoretical Kurdistan would most likely include territory from Eastern Turkey, Northen Iraq and Western Iran. There have been reports of Kurdish
terrorists (MEK) training in Northern Iraq for incursions inside Iran.
It is my belief that the Kurds will be equiped and funded by Israel/US to wage a civil war inside Iranian territory in response to Irans defiance over
its nuclear program.
The Kurds will most probably be officially denied a homeland as the US cannot afford to be seen to undermine Iraqi national integrity. Also the
Turkish government would strongly oppose the breaking away of its Eastern territory. The Kurds have been betrayed before though, so who knows?
[edit on 26-5-2006 by asala]