Turkey cancels curfew in some provinces, IS remains threat for country
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 9
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey cancelled curfew in the provinces of Batman, Siirt and Mardin on Oct. 9, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported Oct. 9.
The curfew in the Diyarbakir province will be cancelled in the evening of Oct. 9.
On Oct. 8, protests started in the provinces of Diyarbakir, Mardin, Siirt, Mus, Van and Batman against Turkey's policy of non-interference in the developments in the Syrian town of Kobani. A large part of Kobani came under the control of militants of the terrorist organization known as IS (also known as the Islamic State group, ISIL, ISIS). Some 22 people were killed in the protests.
A curfew was imposed due to the unrests in the provinces of Diyarbakir, Mardin, Siirt, Mus, Van and Batman.
Meanwhile, TRT Haber TV channel quoted Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying on Oct.9 that the IS poses threat to Turkey.
The minister made the remarks during the meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Turkey's Ankara city.
He said Turkey has always warned the international community about the threat of terrorism coming from the territories of Syria and Iraq, adding that the Bashar al-Assad government is the cause of all problems in Syria.
"Assad regime gave impetus to the creation of radical and terrorist groups in Syria and who knows which terrorist groups may emerge in the region tomorrow," Cavusoglu said.
He said it is necessary to support the Free Syrian Army for fighting against the 'Islamic State', adding that Turkey insists on creating a no-fly zone over Syria.
The terrorist organization known as the 'Islamic State' (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
Following the start of military confrontation in Syria in 2013 between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country. The organization said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared 'a holy war' against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces.
In late June of 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the 'Islamic Caliphate' on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.