The fight against terror is a never ending battle waged on a global stage, as Turkey was reminded this week.
In Turkey’s southern province of Adana authorities detained 47 people for planning a terror attack, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Kurdish Worker’s Party
The Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK), listed by the Turkish government as a terrorist group, called for the attacks and many listened to that call.
Turkish counter terrorism forces engaged in operations at 73 locations at the same time nabbing dozens of suspects.
The would be terrorists were armed with Molotov cocktails and improvised explosives.
“The raid took place amid intense Turkish-led military operations in Afrin, northern Syria, targeting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, which were alleged by Ankara to be affiliated with the PKK,” Xinhuanet reported.
The PKK, who is also listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union, has been fighting an armed battle for an independent Kurdish state since the 1970s.
Turkey has been heavy handed at times with its fight against terrorists, as it considers anyone who does not support the government to be a terrorist.
This week the anonymous British graffiti artist Banksy revealed a new mural dedicated to a jailed Turkish artist who the government has accused of being a part of the PKK.
The mural in New York is dedicated to the Turkish artist Zehra Dogan who was jailed for three years for a painting.
“I really feel for her,” Banksy told The New York Times. “I’ve painted things much more worthy of a custodial sentence.”
“Banksy’s sparse mural mostly consists of black hash marks, which visually represent jail cell bars and count the number of days that Ms. Dogan has spent in prison,” The Times reported. “A rendering of Ms. Dogan herself peers out of one of the cells, with her left hand gripping a bar that doubles as a pencil. ‘Free Zehra Dogan’ is written in the bottom right corner. She still has 18 months left to serve, and remains unaware of the mural, according to a news release.”