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Turkey believes ISIS behind Ankara massacre, conspiracy theories abound

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Conspiracy theories continue to mount following the brutal suicide bombing that killed 97 people and wounded hundreds in an attack on the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday. Turkish authorities informed that two men carried out the attack, aimed against a large gathering of pro­Kurdish peaceful protesters.

“We are working to identify the bodies of the two man”, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s office informed. Kurds were quick to blame Davutoglu’s Government and his AKP party of inspiring, or even carrying out the attacks.

His and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to forge a peace settlement with the Kurds have collapsed following this summer’s early elections in Turkey, which lead to an inconclusive outcome in the Parliament, prompted the calling of early elections and caused a spiral of attacks between the Turkish armed forces and Kurdish guerrillas in Turkey and in Iraq. Thousands of Kurdish guerrillas and over 150 Turkish officers have been killed in the fighting that includes Kurdish ambushes and Turkish air strikes.

Prime Minister Davutoglu indicated that the primary focus of the investigation is on the brutal Islamist group ISIS, that has taken over large parts of Sunni inhabited areas in Iraq and Syria, and has waged war against the Kurdish armed groups in both these countries.

Turkey allows the United States air force to attack ISIS from the large Incirlik air base in Turkey, but wants to focus on removing the Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad, whose army continues to attack Sunni regions in Syria, fueling the resentment that ISIS is taking advantage of.

This is the second major attack against peaceful pro­Kurdish gatherings. In July, bombers killed 34 people in the Turkish city of Suruc, close to the Syrian border.

Meanwhile, conspiracy theories mount over the attack in Ankara, with some Turkish media blaming the Syrian leadership, and even implicating Russia, that has recently become a major player in the civil war in Syria, sending an air wing and some ground troops to protect the main Assad stronghold in the country.