President, PM deny ISIL launched Kobane attack from Turkey

Istanbul, June 26 () - President Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu have both vehemently denied as “propaganda” accusations that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadists were allowed to cross from Turkey into Syria to launch a fresh assault on the symbolic battleground town of Kobane.

Erdoğan and Davutoğlu also separately delivered statements accusing the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of “provocation” after it blamed the deadly attack in Kobane on Turkish state support for the ISIL fighters.

“We curse this attack - which targeted innocent civilians - in the strongest way” Erdoğan said late on June 25, in a speech delivered at a fast-breaking dinner hosted by the Anatolian Tiger Businessmen’s Association (ASKON) in Istanbul.

“But after this atrocious attack, we see how spheres that sponsored the separatist organization [the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party/PKK] and the political party’s notables conducted a slander and smear campaign against our country and repudiating principles, morals and borders” he added.

“With nonsense accusations that have no basis, without taking lessons from the Oct. 6-7 incidents, they are aiming to provoke our nation. I want to express one more time from here, loud and clear: Nobody has the right to show Turkey in the same line as terror” Erdoğan said.

HDP co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ had told reporters earlier on June 25 that there was a “high probability” that the ISIL had entered Kobane from Turkey, describing the ISIL attack as a “massacre.”

“The Turkish government has supported ISIL for years. Today’s massacre is part of this support,” Yüksekdağ said at a press conference. “The remarks of Turkish politicians are null and void for us. It is up to the Turkish government to prove that it does not support ISIL.”

Prime Minister Davutoğlu also slammed the same accusations.

“Turkey hasn’t even made a small contribution to any bloodshed in Syria. Rather, Turkey has displayed the clearest attitude against the Daesh (ISIL) terror organization and all these claims are solely slander” Davutoğlu said in Ankara late on June 25, using the Arabic acronym for ISIL.


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