Which of the 1,128 academics can solve the mystery of Sultanahmet? - NEDRET ERSANEL

Which of the 1,128 academics can solve the mystery of Sultanahmet?

January 9...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in the crosshairs because of her politics on the refugee issue. Mobs, including refugees, harassing women on New Year's Eve caused more trouble for Merkel. Merkel said that Turkey should be appreciated because of its stance on the refugee crisis. Defending the financial aid promised to Turkey, Merkel said, “Turkey accepted more than 2 million refugees. But what did the European Union, which has a population of more than 500 million, do for the refugees?”

“Expressing that she spoke to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Merkel said Davutoğlu took steps in two fields. The first was to introduce a visa for Syrians entering from Jordan and Lebanon. This came into force yesterday. The second is to give working visas to Syrian refugees. I believe this will happen in the upcoming days. In other words, no one can say Turkey hasn't done its share.” (“Merkel Türkiye'yi savundu,” Hürriyet.)

January 11...

“Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said new regulations on Syrians' working permits would be arranged. Kurtulmuş said: “Regulations on this issue will be published as the Cabinet Regulations in the upcoming days.” (“Suriyelilere kotalı çalışma izni,” Yeni Şafak.)

January 12...

Sultanahmet! 10:20 a.m...

Tour guide Sibel Şatıroğlu: "First I heard a click sound…"

January 12... 12:58 p.m...

“Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu called his German counterpart Angela Merkel and informed her of the attack. Davutoğlu expressed his condolences, as the majority of the 10 people who died were German. Authorized personnel who spoke to AP and AFP said at least nine of the 10 people who died were German.” (“Davutoğlu'ndan Merkel'e taziye telefonu,” Hürriyet.)

January 12...4:12 p.m...

“The explosion in Istanbul's touristic site, Sultanahmet, had great repercussions in Germany. Chancellor Merkel said, 'We saw the ugly face of international terrorism in Istanbul, Paris, Ankara and Tunisia.' It was expressed by President Erdoğan that the Syrian-national suicide bomber directly targeted the German group. It was said that the attack would have a huge impact on Turkish tourism as German tourists especially would cancel their plans to Turkey.”

German tourism operator TUI expressed that they would be canceling reservations without cutting fees until January 18. (Only hours after the explosion?) Turkey hosts close to 5 million German tourists every year.

German Travel Agency Association stated in December that despite the political uncertainty and terrorist attacks, Turkey was still the most preferred tourism destination for German travelers and that this rate increased by double digits in 2015. (“The Sultanahmet shock to Germany,” The Voice of America.)

January 13...

“The Antalya police force arrested three Russian citizens on the suspicion that they were linked with Daesh. It is said that documents and CDs were seized by the special operations forces. It is stated that the Russian citizens were arrested for providing logistic support to Daesh. The Russian ambassador to Ankara also confirmed this arrest. (“Three Russian citizens were detained in relation to Daesh,” BBC.)

Leaving it here, it is possible to point a finger at Sultanahmet's perpetrators...

But, shall we give them more of a hard time?

January 15...

“German Ministry of Defense laid the foundation of the versatile base to be used to educate and train Northern Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) peshmarga forces. It is expected that the base, 15 kilometers to Irbil city center, will start operations in six months.” (“Erbil'e Alman askeri üssü,” Yeni Şafak.)

But, would you dare to be in the same room with murderers?

Then let's go to the past and quickly come back...

December 16, 2015...

“It is speculated that, the military alliance, stated by Saudi Arabia, made up of 34 countries including Turkey, is more likely to stay as discourse rather than turn into action. Robert Fisk from the Independent newspaper says, 'Saudis love coalitions.' Now the world's youngest minister of Defense is declaring a coalition made up of 34 countries. But interestingly enough, the world's largest Muslim country Indonesia, is not on the list.” (“An Islamic coalition against terrorism: An insincere coalition” The Guardian, Independent, BBC.)

January 15...

After Sultanahmet…

“Daesh militants successively attacked Indonesian capital Jakarta with bombs and armed assaults. Five terrorists and two civilians were killed. This time, the Daesh terrorist group targeted the world's highest Muslim-populated country (250 million), Indonesia. The terrorist attacked a mall in the vicinity of embassies, hotels and UN offices.

After three suicide bombers blew themselves up, a second explosion happened in the vicinity of the Turkish and Pakistani embassies. It had been speculated that 150 to 200 of the Indonesians who went to Syria to join Daesh had returned. (“IŞİD Jakarta'da,” Vatan.)

Isn't this like the feeling you would get if you were in a dark and quiet room and there was someone else in there too?

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