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    Kurdish Militants Claim Turkey Car Bomb Attack

    FILE - Damaged vehicles are seen at the scene of an explosion in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, March 13, 2016.
    FILE - Damaged vehicles are seen at the scene of an explosion in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, March 13, 2016.
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    A Kurdish militant group with links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, claimed responsibility Thursday for Sunday's suicide car bombing in Turkey's capital that killed 37 people.

    The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, or TAK, said in a statement on its website that the attack in Ankara was aimed at those responsible for security operations in southeastern Turkey, and warned the group would strike again.

    The group previously claimed another bombing last month in Ankara that killed 29 people.  Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu dismissed that as a false claim, saying TAK was trying to protect Syrian Kurdish fighters from being linked to the bombing.

    Turkey says the armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Party, known as the People's Protection Units militia or YPG, are terrorists who are no different than the PKK that has waged a three-decade insurgency seeking greater autonomy in southeastern Turkey.

    Turkish forces have been pressing an offensive against the PKK in both southeastern Turkey and across the border in northern Iraq since July.

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    by: tufan from: istanbul
    March 17, 2016 11:39 AM
    the media is misleading world about kurdish issue in turkey. PKK is not representing kurds, less than 30 % of the kurds might have syhmpaty for it. Because PKK is a marksist-leninist ideology based organization which hates islam while most of the kurds in turkey are muslim. PKK killed many of the kurds including babies who dont support itself, burned schools and bombed roads and repelled businessman to prevent the development of the region.

    Thats why most kurds dont like them. Even their political wing used to get nearly 6% votes until recently while the population of the kurds is nearly 20%. There are kurdish ministers, officers etc. in turkey. So there is no discrimination and massacre, it is obvious. Even more kurds are on the government side because they are tired of living under the threat and brutalism of a terror organization. Check "korucu" system in Turkey which is a kurdish system fighting against PKK.

    by: Harun
    March 17, 2016 6:28 AM
    It is the new ally of U.S. . US. now supporting suicide bombers.
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    by: Hasan
    March 17, 2016 10:44 AM
    Igor you can not be a human. Have you ever seen a massacre video, photo, image even a clue made by Turkish Soldiers even people? But all World know you are the biggest MURDER in the World. You have killed over 25 million people. You have occupied all free country lands. But don't forget you will be mortified by decreasing birth rate and fertility. However nobody can not punish Turkey.
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    by: Igor from: Russia
    March 17, 2016 10:16 AM
    May be it is the only way they can do to punish Turkey government for its policy of massacre and extermination of Kurd people. They do not have F16s and US tanks to protect themselves against Turk mass killings of Kurd civilians.

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