Wednesday, August 27, 2008


"Beginning on 14 January 1994, almost a hundred people were individually picked up by commandos wearing uniforms and travelling in police vehicles. They were then killed somewhere along the road from Ankara to Istanbul, in the "satanic triangle" of Kocaeli, a fiefdom of the far-right mafia and a focal point for the trafficking of heroin into Europe."
~ Kendal Nezan.

What follows is not exactly news because it's typical behavior of JITEM with which Kurds in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan have long been familiar. But this news did come out in a Turkish daily and, according to the article, the information is contained in one of the Ergenekon files. This is the tip of the iceburg and shows that DTP politicians, such as Ahmet Türk and Emine Ayna are correct in their calls for the Ergenekon investigation to be expanded to the east of the Fırat (Euphrates).

This news is also at odds with the Bush regime's recent attempt to blacken PKK with charges of drug-trafficking, especially since it's widely known that the Ankara regime has long held a regional monopoly on the processing of heroin, a fact which has been a recurring theme in the Sibel Edmonds case.

From Bugün:

Here is JITEM's black face

An important document was found in the house of [Adnan] Akfırat, who has been arrested in the Ergenekon case. In the document, activities of troops on duty on the border [in The Southeast] between 1981 to 1990, were outlined in detail.

In Ergenekon's documents, which are noted as "The Writings of a Non-Commissioned Officer Who Wrote Additional Information for JITEM Files to Be Given to the Jandarma Headquarters Command", the duties that were carried out by the troops which were on duty between 1981 to 1990 in Şırnak, Diyarbakır, Van, and other border regions, including some soldiers ranked as field grade officers, were listed in detail.

This informant document about JITEM was found in Adnan Akfırat's house, who was the news manager of [Doğu] Perinçek's magazine, published in the 1990s, called Toward 2000. According to the NCO who wrote the document, high-ranking soldiers conducted illegal drug-trafficking and arms sales with Village Guards in conflict areas like Diyarbakır, Van, and Şırnak.

Narcotic and human trafficking

In the informant document, it is mentioned that the soldiers and Village Guards who smuggled weapons and tons of narcotics to Iraq earned huge sums of money. Human trafficking, the weapons and narcotics trade, and the rape of refugee women are some of the crimes committed by JITEM personnel. Despite being caught, they [JITEM personnel, soldiers, and Village Guards involved in this business] were protected by MİT.

They sold weapons to PKK

The informant document, which is in the Ergenekon indictment's 208th evidence file, mentions that Major Kamber O, Lieutenant Colonel Reşit D, Major İsmail A, First Lieutenant Cihan B, First Lieutenant Kemal Ş, Sergeant İbrahim K, Diyarbakır JITEM Group Commander Major Nurettin, established a group which included also Village Guards, and conducted human and narcotics trafficking, and weapons smuggling.

150,000 weapons collected

The claims in the informant document are terrifying:

First Lieutenant Cihan B was the commander of the 4th Border Company in Ortabağ, which was under the command of the Şenoba Border Battalion. Some Village Guards were among his men. From time to time, he sent these men to Iraq to buy TVs, videos, tapes, electronic games, and electronic devices. He sold these in Diyarbakır's Japan Bazaar. During the Gulf War, he assisted Iraqi refugees in crossing the border into Turkey, for a price. There were approximately 300,000 refugees. He collected around 150,000 weapons.

Sergeant İbrahim K shared money and gems that he collected from the refugees, with the battalion commander. He forced refugee women to have sexual relations.

First Lieutenant Kemal Ş smuggled flocks of sheep and tons of flour to Iraq during the war.

Now I know you noticed the sub-headline mentioning the sales of weapons to PKK, but there was no other mention of PKK in the entire article. If there were sales of weapons to PKK outlined in the informant document of the Ergenekon file, there would have been more information about that included in the Bugün article. Instead, what we have in the sub-headline is nothing more than gratuitous crap.

Most of the information here is pretty mild compared to the horrors that were visited upon the Kurdish population from 1990 onward. Those years must also be investigated and the information published in every Turkish daily.


hamo said...

'it's widely known that the Ankara regime has long held a regional monopoly on the processing of heroin, a fact which has been a recurring theme in the Sibel Edmonds case.'

It does also make a lot since that Turkish regime get their heroin from the Islamic Republic of Iran and of course Iran from the UsaMan Bin Ladens Taliban's Afghanistan. According to Islamic ideology drinking alcohol or using drugs are sin but providing these kind of materials to poison non-believers (kafirs) would make you go to heaven. Considering countries such as Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey have shared political system and Islamic belief then it should not be considered strange to accept Turkish State is being central point of the drug trafficking in the world. It has been time and time again proven Turkish States direct involvement with the drug trafficking and even appeared US's turkey profile several times, unfortunately due to inter-dirty economic relations which it is one of the main reason USA's refusal to pass Armenian Genocide bill from the senote and I would suggest same line of thinking why USA put PKK in their drug trafficker list instead of Turkish State.

Mizgîn said...

Everyone knows that Turkey has been at the center of the heroin industry for a long time, Hamo, even if they claim otherwise in public.

A good percentage of what happened in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan in the 1990s dealt with the Ankara regime's creation of a state-supported monopoly of narcotics.

So anyone--Turkish officials, American officials, their official state propaganda organs (i.e. the media), narcotics cops, whatever--who claims that PKK is behind the narcotics industy is lying. AND THEY KNOW IT.