On December 21st, Anand Naidoo, anchor for CCTV America’s the Heat, hosted THO’s President Ali Cinar live from İstanbul. Cinar and other guests discussed the increasing number of terror attacks throughout the region and how to move forward.
Cinar indicated that Turkey was still in shock and disbelief but a joint investigation was already underway by the Turkish and Russian authorities to shed light into the Russian Ambassador Andrey G. Karlov’s horrific assassination. Cinar, who was in Ankara that day, said that the initial investigation suggested that the assassin police officer may have links to Fethullah Gulen terrorist organization (FETO).
Cinar said that recent terrorist attacks by Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) in Kayseri and Istanbul, which claimed more than 64 lives and wounded hundreds, were an indication of the severity of the situation in Turkey. Cinar pointed out that in addition to these losses, fight against ISIS in Syria was taking its toll on the Turkish military.
Cinar pointed out that the suicide bomber in Istanbul was a Syrian refugee and with three million Syrian refugees, Turkey was undertaking a significant security risk. “Most of the refugees are women and children but there might be potential ISIS militants among these refugees” said Cinar and argued that Turkey needed greater security and intelligence cooperation with Western countries.
THO’s President argued that education and jobs were the two most important components of the refugee settlement issues, requiring greater cooperation and help from a “disconnected Europe”. “Turkey is the only country with troops on the ground fighting against DAESH, I don’t see a real sincere support from the West in the fight against ISIS” said Cinar.