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Scene of the attack against the police station in Turkey on January 6, 2015
Scene of the attack against the police station in Turkey on January 6, 2015

Suicide bombing attack in Turkey

  • It was recently reported that the police investigation revealed that the attack against the police station in Turkey on January 6, 2015, was carried out by an 18-year-old ISIS operative from Dagestan.The young woman, Diana Ramazanova, who was pregnant, blew herself with a grenade at the entrance to a police station in Istanbul.The explosion killed a Turkish police officer. Ramazanova was the widow of an ISIS operative, a Norwegian citizen of Chechen descent, who was killed six weeks earlier in Syria. She married him about a year ago in a religious ceremony held in Syria or in Turkey after they had met through a social network (Daily Mail, January 16, 2015).
  • According to the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet, citing a police intelligence report, there are at least 3,000 people in Turkey who are affiliated with ISIS in one way or another and should be monitored. This figure is in addition to the estimate that between 700 and 1,000 Turkish operatives are fighting in the ranks of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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According to the article, the Turks are very concerned about the possible return of the Turkish operatives. To date, the Turks have deported 1,165 people suspected of belonging to ISIS and have refused entry to 7,250 people. Police have warned of future activity of dormant networks of ISIS operatives throughout Turkey, especially attacks on embassies and consulates of Western countries (Hürriyet, January 17, 2015).

  • In practice, however, Turkey continues to serve as the main logistical channel of ISIS and other jihadi organizations operating in Syria and Iraq. Turkish security forces, due to operational and political considerations, refrain from taking effective preventive measures to end or significantly reduce the flow of foreign fighters and aid to Syria through Turkish territory.

Call to attack the Saudi TV network Al-Arabiya

  • On January 17, 2015, Twitter accounts affiliated with ISIS called for the killing of reporters and presenters of the Saudi TV network Al-Arabiya, under the Arabic hashtag “Kill the reporters and presenters of Al-Arabiya” (transliteration of the original Arabic: #iqtalu_murasili_wamudhi’i_al-Arabiya). In addition, a number of posters were issued on the subject, implying that the TV network is a “mouthpiece of Israel” and represents a danger to religion and morality (Twitter accounts affiliated with ISIS, January 17, 2015).

Written by: The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center