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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a joint press conference with Yemen's president at the presidential complex in Ankara on February 16, 2016.

Turkey’s Erdogan Looks to Expand Terrorist Definition to Include Civilians

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Deadly Terrorist Attack Rocks Ankara (19)

Did the Turkish president just declare war against his own people?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday that it is necessary to broaden the definition of terrorism to include supporters of terrorism — even people who are not directly involved in any kind of terror activity.

"It's not only the person who pulls the trigger, but those who made that possible who should also be defined as terrorists, regardless of their title," said Erdogan, following a bombing in Ankara which killed 37 people, the Daily Star reported. He added that this could be a journalist, an MP or a civil society actor.

Earlier President Erdogan said that Turkey's "struggle against terrorism will for certain end in success and terrorism will be brought to its knees."

The bombing was the fifth attack in Turkey in recent several months. The attacks took lives of total of 200 people.


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  • cast235
    Nobody likes terrorists. But is he ready to bear his responsibilities?
  • backfromthegraav
    Well your 1st on teh list then !
  • Baybarsin reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
    cast235, No, he sees no need to accept anything other than praise. He is on a power trip that is killing his country and his people and he cannot stop. He fears that should he take one step back he will end up dead.

    He fears death because he knows in his heart there is a special place in hell waiting for him and his ilk.
  • michael
    he governs a land and people by the use of fear, so what then is the definition of terrorist?
  • nshahhsh
    Aha.. Now I got it.. It's actually a State Terrorism.. isn't it Erdog..
  • A = π r 2
    Erdoglum and Sisi should go on holiday together. By the sounds of things, they may have done already.
  • A = π r 2in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, anyone who stands up to him
  • Orest Goyan
    erDOGan: If you insist that you are a 'terrorist' by declaring that anyone who assists terrorists ( AS YOU DO ) ; by : (1) training terrorists in Turkey to fight in Syria ; (2) financing terrorists by buying their stolen oil at rock bottom prices; (3) protecting terrorists under attack from Kurds, by bombing the Kurds ( an ally of the US against ISIS ); (4) providing medical assistance for the wounded Syrian terrorists - in your Turkish hospitals; (5) shooting down a Russian jet, who was bombing ISIS terrorists; etc., etc., etc.: AS YOU DID; then who am I to argue with you when you say -
  • michaelin reply toA = π r 2(Show commentHide comment)
    ultravi01et, works for me! :)
  • Reginald Frackenwhip Spaulding
    Gee, WHERE have we seen THIS movie before??!
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