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Turkish Hizbullah is (allegedly) a Creation of the Turkish Military

January 19, 2011

Just a quick thing that I’ve found through Facebook that should absolutely, positively, get into your heads first thing tomorrow morning. A military bro just admitted to inventing and creating Turkish Hizbullah:

Colonel Arif Dogan said he set up the group to fight against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, a Marxist Kurdish group that has been fighting the military since 1984 to carve out an independent state in southeast Turkey, Star said. Dogan said the organization he formed was originally called Hizbulkontra and that Huseyin Velioglu, who died in a police shootout in Istanbul in 2000, was made its leader, Star said.

We’ve written about Hizbullah and their relevance in a couple of places. It’s a fascinating story, and I’d love to talk more about them but it’s late and I’m sleepy.

The fact is, this is one of those unkept secrets that everyone kinda new about, but it’s always nice to have on the record. For crying out loud, Polat Alemdar fought against them. But it’ll have a certain effect in the news, in the military trials, and in the way political Islam is treated. More at some indeterminate later date.

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