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Bomb attacks were planned in internet café
The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 11/23/03 | Damien McElroy and Philip Sherwell

Posted on 11/22/2003 7:02:50 PM PST by Pokey78

The devastating suicide bombings in Istanbul last week were planned in an internet café in the remote eastern Turkish town of Bingol and co-ordinated with al-Qa'eda.

Turkish police seized equipment from the Bingol internet Merkezi café owned by the family of Gokhan Elaltintas. He is thought to have been one of two suicide bombers who attacked synagogues in Istanbul nine days ago.

Police have named Azad Ekinci and Feridun Ugurlu - also from Bingol - as prime suspects in the attack on the British consulate and the HSBC bank offices last Thursday that killed 32 people and injured more than 400.

The four bombers - natives of a town that is connected to the rest of Turkey by one treacherous road - had travelled across the Middle East and South Asia before returning home to form a terrorist cell which was activated this month. They are believed to have received weapons training in Pakistan and at al-Qa'eda camps in Afghanistan.

Security officials told the Turkish National Security Council on Friday night that as many as 1,000 Turks have trained in Islamist terrorist camps in the past decade.

The Turkish foreign minister, Abdullah Gul, has said that the two suspects in the latest bombings had visited Afghanistan, while the Turkish media reported that one trained in Iran in 2001. US intelligence officials said that both men trained in al-Qa'eda camps in Afghanistan, and returned to Turkey in 2001.

Bingol's proximity to Iran and Syria, which have become havens for al-Qa'eda since the Taliban regime was overthrown in Afghanistan, made it attractive as a base for plotting the terror attacks.

Al-Qa'eda operatives are believed to have made their way to Turkey to help design the bombs and fuses, picking the targets and planning the missions. They also taught the Turkish cells how to communicate via encrypted messages posted on the internet.

The Merkezi internet café remains open, but prominent on its wall is an official notice stating: "It is definitely banned to enter sites targeting the state, country and its inseparable integrity and constitutional order."

Elaltintas's uncle, Hassan Aktash, said that his nephew was a quiet young man who rarely left Bingol before his move to Istanbul.

The second synagogue bomber, Mesut Cabuk, was an acquaintance, the uncle said. His nephew was also a lifelong friend of Azad Ekinci, whose brother opened the internet café with Elaltintas's father two years ago.

Bingol is an ethnically divided town, split between hardline Turks and militant Kurds. Its population increased over the past decade as the army forcibly relocated villagers into the main towns of the province and provided incentives for Turks to move there to balance its population.

The town has a reputation as a hotbed of fundamentalism. Islamic groups emerged there in the 1980s, tolerated by an army fighting against the violent Kurdish PKK terrorist group in the region.

The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, talked yesterday of the national shame that Turks had inflicted such carnage on the country's biggest city. "Citizens with links abroad have carried out the attacks," he said at a funeral for two policemen who died at the British consulate. "We have lost four terrorists who were our citizens."

Police officials said that 18 people had been arrested in connection with the bombings, including printers who had sold the men false identity papers and car dealers who provided the vehicles used in the attacks.

The fight against groups such as Turkish Hezbollah and the Islamic Great Eastern Raiders' Front in towns like Bingol has now risen to the top of the Turkish agenda. Politicians worry that al-Qa'eda has infiltrated its hinterland with scores of sleeper cells that can be activated using the internet. Terrorism experts had judged Turkey a relatively low-risk nation until the recent spate of attacks.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; islamicviolence; istanbul; istanbulbombing; jihadinamerica; talibanlist; turkey

1 posted on 11/22/2003 7:02:53 PM PST by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
bump
2 posted on 11/22/2003 7:05:49 PM PST by Samwise (There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil.)
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To: Pokey78
... and Bingol was his town-o!
3 posted on 11/22/2003 7:26:03 PM PST by nuffsenuff
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To: Pokey78
Yesterday night someone posted on FR a story from a Turkish newspaper of a shooting of 14 terrorists and the recovery of substantial weapons in Bingol.It is about 100 miles from the border of Iraq.

It is amazing how fast the Turks can work on this kind of thing. All in all the weirdbeards are going to be mighty sorry they didn't pick on Paris instead..no one seems to get arrested there for bombing synagogues.
4 posted on 11/22/2003 8:04:12 PM PST by the Real fifi
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To: nuffsenuff
I believe the correct pronounciation is "Bung-hole" . . .

Later, Dude!

5 posted on 11/22/2003 8:27:51 PM PST by ex-Texan (CBS [SeeBS] Deserves a Long Double Flush . . . Pull the Chain!)
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To: Pokey78

"Who wants to check e-mail? ICQ? AIM? No waiting on terminal seven!"

6 posted on 11/22/2003 9:57:12 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: the Real fifi
It is amazing how fast the Turks can work on this kind of thing. All in all the weirdbeards are going to be mighty sorry they didn't pick on Paris instead..no one seems to get arrested there for bombing synagogues.

I agree. The Turks are tough as nails.

The French. Well, they're French.

7 posted on 11/22/2003 10:05:04 PM PST by Strider
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To: Pokey78

Bingol's location. Earlier this year, an earthquake struck Bingol. This boarding school collapsed, killing scores of children.


8 posted on 11/22/2003 11:32:34 PM PST by csvset
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To: *JIHAD IN AMERICA; Valin; lainde; ganeshpuri89; jocon307; abner; riri; eastsider; akash; ...

Jehadi website ping: (let me know if you want on or off)


9 posted on 11/23/2003 9:11:58 PM PST by JohnathanRGalt (---- Fight Islamist CyberTerror at: http://haganah.org.il/haganah/ ----)
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ARTICLE SNIPPET:

"Al-Qa'eda operatives are believed to have made their way to Turkey to help design the bombs and fuses, picking the targets and planning the missions. They also taught the Turkish cells how to communicate via encrypted messages posted on the internet."

10 posted on 11/23/2003 10:33:21 PM PST by Cindy
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To: a_Turk; Travis McGee; Squantos; harpseal; PhilDragoo; BOBTHENAILER; Shermy
"Security officials told the Turkish National Security Council on Friday night that as many as 1,000 Turks have trained in Islamist terrorist camps in the past decade.

"The Turkish foreign minister, Abdullah Gul, has said that the two suspects in the latest bombings had visited Afghanistan, while the Turkish media reported that one trained in Iran in 2001. US intelligence officials said that both men trained in al-Qa'eda camps in Afghanistan, and returned to Turkey in 2001."

I have two simple questions to ask:

1. Where these 1,000 al Qaeda trained Turks living in Turkey until the recent bombing.

2. After the recent Islamokazi bombings, how many al Qaeda trained Turks will be living in Turkey by end of this year?
11 posted on 11/23/2003 10:36:39 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Sore@US, the Evil Daddy Warbucks, has owned the DemonicRats for decades!)
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To: JohnathanRGalt
Thanks for the ping and for you usual great work on the internet sniffing out the al Qaeda trash.
12 posted on 11/23/2003 10:37:38 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Sore@US, the Evil Daddy Warbucks, has owned the DemonicRats for decades!)
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To: All
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Turkish police seized equipment from the Bingol internet Merkezi café owned by the family of Gokhan Elaltintas. He is thought to have been one of two suicide bombers who attacked synagogues in Istanbul nine days ago.

Police have named Azad Ekinci and Feridun Ugurlu - also from Bingol - as prime suspects in the attack on the British consulate and the HSBC bank offices last Thursday that killed 32 people and injured more than 400."

GOOGLE Search Term: "BINGOL"
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22BINGOL%22&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&filter=0
13 posted on 11/23/2003 10:42:57 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Grampa Dave
Bingol is a place where PKK have been active over the years.

If the PKK is working with Al Qaeda, then maybe this strategic partnership has a good chance of working out.

Otherwise we still have to deal with the painful fact that the 14 terrorists we just killed were taking their orders from their command and control center in northern Iraq's Qandil mountains where the PKK roam foot loose and fancy free..
14 posted on 11/23/2003 10:50:11 PM PST by a_Turk (Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light....)
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To: Grampa Dave
After the recent Islamokazi bombings, how many al Qaeda trained Turks will be living in Turkey by end of this year?

My guess would be not too many. The Turks have a noted habit of being very brutal to those who would harm them.

15 posted on 11/24/2003 8:34:19 AM PST by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in groups or whole armies.....we don't care how we getcha, but we will)
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To: a_Turk
Rip their throats out! Go Turks!
16 posted on 11/24/2003 9:49:32 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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