Expert: IS can attack Turkish diplomats, just like ASALA did
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 6
By Orkhan Quluzade – Trend:
The “Islamic State” (IS, aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group can attack Turkish diplomats who are outside the country, just like the Armenian terrorist group ASALA did in the past, Ismail Hakki Pekin, former head of intelligence department at the Turkish General Staff, retired colonel-general, told Trend Dec. 6.
Pekin stressed that the diplomatic missions of Turkey in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia are at the greatest risk.
“There is a possibility of terrorist attacks in Europe,” he said. “It is impossible to rely on the support of the European countries which may stay away, as they did during ASALA’s growing threat.”
Pekin said the forces standing behind IS, rather than IS itself, hatch plans against Turkish diplomats.
He said Turkey is taking all necessary measures to neutralize the IS threat.
Earlier, newly appointed spokesman for IS, Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajir urged IS supporters to attack Turkish servicemen, businessmen, journalists and employees of embassies around the world.
Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) terrorist organization operated actively in 1973-1985. Forty two Turkish diplomats were killed in ASALA attacks.