Anadolu Journalist: July 15 Coup Increased Terrorism Attacks in Turkey
M. Malih Ahishahi, a Tehran-based journalist for Anadolu Agency, says terrorist attacks have been a fact of life in Turkey since 1984, adding that terrorism began by the PKK, got worse by the July 15 coup, and is yet to be brought under control.
The Turkish journalist made the remarks during a speech to reporters Sunday at the 22nd International Press Exhibition in Tehran.
He regretted the fact that terrorist attacks have had a negative impact on Turkey’s international trade, business and tourism. He blamed Turkish media outlets for repeatedly exaggerating the current situation.
According to Adishahi, insecurity got worse after the July 15 coup in which 241 people were killed, but it was people who expressed themselves against the military coup and finally got the situation under control.
He said reactions to the event were largely against the coup attempt, both domestically and internationally. The main opposition parties in Turkey condemned the attempt, while several international leaders - such as those from neighbouring Iran, Syria, the United States, NATO and the European Union - called for respect of the democratic institutions in Turkey and its elected officials.
The Turkish journalist however criticised Western media outlets for not denouncing the coup leaders for being linked to the Gülen movement, which is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey and led by Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish businessman and cleric who lives in Pennsylvania, United States.
In conclusion, Adishahi said Turkey doesn't support terrorist groups like ISIL in Iraq and Syria and/or disintegration of its neighbours, as strong neighbours means better business and trade for Turkey.
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