ISIS Move On Turkey: Suruc terror attack targeting Kurds raises concerns in Armenia

The penetration of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a terrorist organization banned in many countries of the world, into Turkey is obviously bringing the threat of instability closer to Armenia’s borders.

In the wake of the deadly July 20 terrorist attack in a Turkish town at the border with Syria that has been blamed on ISIS has led many analysts to conclude that the war in the Middle East is gradually moving to the territory of Turkey.

At least 32 people were killed in the massive explosion of a cultural center in the town of Suruc in the Turkish province of Sanliurfa. Over a hundred people were left injured in the attack.

Among the victims of the attack were mostly members of the pro-Kurdish party who were going to travel across the border to the Kurdish city of Kobani in neighboring Syria that was recently recaptured from ISIS militants.

The Kurds living in Turkey have already accused the ruling Justice and Development Party of connivance at ISIS terrorists’ actions. Staging demonstrations, they have also accused the government of not providing sufficient security guarantees to Kurds who live in Turkey.

The protests are taking place against the backdrop of general internal political instability in Turkey connected with the formation of a new government.

The 45-day term for the appointment of a new government after the June 7 parliamentary elections is expiring in Turkey. Acting Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu still cannot agree with the parties about a coalition, and there is already a talk about the likelihood of new general elections.

However, elections against the background of the most recent terrorist attack and unrest among Kurds may have unpredictable consequences and lead to chaos.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan expressed condolences to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in connection with the July 20 attack. Armenia cannot but be concerned about the situation in neighboring Turkey and the likely chaos. Earlier, Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan referred to ISIS as also a potential threat to Armenia. He said that it is mostly Kurds who are fighting ISIS militants today, and if this fight is not successful, then ISIS will become a threat to Armenia, too.

In the spring of 2014, when ISIS militants seized the Armenian populated town of Kessab in Syria, Armenia made a statement at the United Nations, directly accusing Turkey of having allowed the militants to invade Kessab from the Turkish territory. Then Ankara denied those accusations. But now it is Kurds who accuse Turkey of connivance at ISIS.