Terrorism poses threat to Turkey - Erdogan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.10
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Terrorism and terrorist groups in the region pose a threat to Turkey, the country's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in his speech before the residents of the north-eastern province of Trabzon, TRT Haber channel reported Oct.10.
The activity of terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria has led to the fact that the number of refugees from these countries on the territory of Turkey has exceeded 1.5 million, he said.
Erdogan said that he sees no difference between terrorist organizations.
He also said that the Syrian government supports terrorists at the state level.
Unlike the Syrian regime, the peoples of this country are friends of Turkey, the president said.
Earlier in October the Kurds-populated Syrian town of Kobani, was taken under control by the IS. The move triggered mass protests among the Kurds in six provinces of Turkey. At least 32 people were killed during the protests.
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.