US embassy cable - 01ANKARA7811 (original version)

TURKEY: 2001 ANNUAL TERRORISM REPORT (original version)

Identifier: 01ANKARA7811
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Origin: Embassy Ankara
Created: 2001-12-14 14:37:00
Classification: SECRET
Tags: PTER
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P 141437Z DEC 01
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8198
INFO AMCONSUL ADANA PRIORITY 
AMCONSUL ISTANBUL PRIORITY 
S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 05 ANKARA 007811 
 
S/CT FOR REAP 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/14/2011 
TAGS: PTER 
SUBJECT: TURKEY: 2001 ANNUAL TERRORISM REPORT 
 
REF: STATE 198912 
 
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OVERVIEW 
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1. (U) CLASSIFIED BY A/DCM SCOTT MARCIEL FOR REASONS: 1.5 (B) 
AND (D). 
 
2.  (U) FIGHTING DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM HAS 
LONG BEEN A TOP PRIORITY FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY (GOT). 
SINCE THE MID-1960S, TURKEY HAS FACED ALMOST A CONSTANT 
THREAT FROM DOMESTIC AND TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM TARGETED 
AGAINST BOTH TURKS AND FOREIGNERS, INCLUDING USG PERSONNEL. 
TERRORIST GROUPS OPERATING IN TURKEY INCLUDE 
MARXIST-LENINIST, RADICAL ISLAMIST, SEPARATIST, AND 
PRO-CHECHEN. MOST OF THESE GROUPS OPERATE TRANSNATIONALLY AS 
WELL. IN LIGHT OF THIS THREAT, THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY HAS 
DEVELOPED BOTH THE WILL AND CAPABILITY TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND 
HAS CONSISTENTLY SUPPORTED THE USG'S INTERNATIONAL, 
COORDINATED EFFORT. TURKEY'S HARD-LINE AGAINST TERRORISM WAS 
SUPREMELY MANIFESTED IN ITS EARLY AND STRONG SUPPORT OF THE 
US-LED COALITION IN OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF), BOTH 
THROUGH PUBLIC STATEMENTS AND CONCRETE ACTIONS. (PARAS. 13, 
19, 20, 21, 22, 23) 
 
U.S. DESIGNATED TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS 
 
3. (U) ON OCTOBER 8, 1997, THE SECRETARY OF STATE NAMED THE 
SEPARATIST KURDISTAN WORKERS' PARTY (PKK) AND THE 
MARXIST-LENINIST REVOLUTIONARY PEOPLE'S PARTY/FRONT (DHKP/C, 
FORMERLY KNOWN AS REVOLUTIONARY LEFT (DEV-SOL), MAKING THEM 
SUBJECT TO THE ANTITERRORISM AND EFFECTIVE DEATH PENALTY ACT 
OF 1996.  ON OCTOBER 11, 2001 THE SECRETARY OF STATE RENEWED 
THOSE DESIGNATIONS. 
 
MARXIST-LENINIST 
 
4. (U) THE MAIN RADICAL-LEFT TERROR ORGANIZATION, DHKP-C, 
CONDUCTS SMALL-SCALE OPERATIONS AGAINST TURKS AND FOREIGNERS 
ALIKE (ARMED ATTACKS ON UNIFORMED POLICE, SUICIDE AND OTHER 
BOMBINGS, ASSASSINATIONS). TWO DHKP/C SUICIDE BOMBERS IN 
JANUARY AND SEPTEMBER KILLED 3 POLICEMAN AND AN AUSTRALIAN 
TOURIST AND WOUNDED SCORES OF BYSTANDERS. A SEPTEMBER 28 
PIPEBOMB ATTACK ON A MCDONALD'S IN ISTANBUL APPEARS TO HAVE 
BEEN CARRIED OUT BY RADICAL LEFTISTS, THOUGH NO GROUP HAS 
CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACT. OTHER FAR-LEFT TERRORIST 
ORGANIZATIONS STILL ACTIVE INCLUDE THE TURKISH COMMUNIST 
PARTY/MARXIST-LENINIST (TKP/ML)  AND THE TURKISH WORKERS' AND 
PEASANTS LIBERATION ARMY (TIKKO). OF THE TWO ONLY TIKKO STILL 
CARRIES OUT OPERATIONS WITH ANY LEVEL OF FREQUENCY, AND THEN 
USUALLY IN CERTAIN PARTS OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN ANATOLIA. 
 
RADICAL ISLAMIST 
 
5. (U)  IN TERMS OF CAPABILITIES AND FOLLOWERS, THE 
FUNDAMENTALIST "TURKISH HIZBULLAH" POSES THE GREATEST THREAT 
OF ALL RADICAL ISLAMIST GROUPS IN TURKEY. IT STAGED A 
SPECTACULAR JANUARY 2001 AMBUSH IN DIYARBAKIR THAT TOOK THE 
LIFE OF DIYARBAKIR SECURITY DIRECTOR GAFFAR OKKAN AND FIVE OF 
HIS BODYGUARDS. TWO UNDERCOVER POLICE WERE KILLED IN ANOTHER 
HIZBULLAH ATTACK IN OCTOBER 2001. HIZBULLAH HAD PREVIOUSLY 
SHUNNED CONFRONTATION WITH AUTHORITIES IN FAVOR OF BATTLING 
RIVALS, LARGELY THE PKK AND ANOTHER RIVAL ISLAMIST FACTION. 
BEFORE THE OKKAN ASSASSINATION, MOST OBSERVERS BELIEVED THE 
GROUP HAD BEEN RENDERED INCAPABLE OF STAGING A SERIOUS 
TERRORIST ASSAULT AFTER POLICE RAIDED AN ISTANBUL SAFEHOUSE 
IN JANUARY 2000, KILLING THE RIGIDLY CENTRALIZED GROUP'S 
LEADER AND SEIZING PILES OF DOCUMENTS THAT LED TO THOUSANDS 
OF DETENTIONS. OTHER ISLAMIST GROUPS INCLUDE THE GREAT 
EASTERN RAIDER'S FRONT (IBDA-C), FEDERAL ISLAMIC STATE OF 
ANATOLIA (KAPLANCILAR), SELAM GROUP, ISLAMIC MOVEMENT 
ORGANIZATION (IHO), AND THE JERUSALEM WARRIORS. 
 
SEPARATIST 
 
6. (U) THE PKK REPRESENTS THE LARGEST SEPARATIST TERRORIST 
GROUP IN TURKEY, THOUGH ITS CAPABILITY TO OPERATE HAS BEEN 
DRASTICALLY REDUCED THANKS TO VIGOROUS AND ON-GOING 
COUNTER-INSURGENCY EFFORTS OF THE TURKISH ARMED FORCES, 
JANDARMA, TURKISH NATIONAL POLICE (TNP), AND VILLAGE GUARDS 
(A PARAMILITARY GUARD FORCE RECRUITED FROM LOCAL VILLAGERS). 
THIS EFFORT ULTIMATELY LED TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF 
THE PKK LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN IN 1999. WITH ITS LEADER 
INCARCERATED IN IMRALI PRISON NEAR ISTANBUL, THE PKK NOW 
LARGELY ABIDES BY A SEPTEMBER 1, 1999 SELF-PROCLAIMED 
CEASEFIRE. SMALL PKK COMBAT FORMATIONS, ESTIMATED BY THE 
TURKISH MILITARY AT BETWEEN 300-500, STILL OPERATE, THOUGH 
LARGELY IN NORTHERN IRAQ AND AT A DRASTICALLY REDUCED LEVEL 
FROM THE HEIGHT OF THE CONFLICT IN 1992-94. SMALL CELLS AND 
SYMPATHIZERS REMAIN THROUGHOUT TURKEY, BUT THESE HAVE BEEN 
SUPPRESSED TO THE POINT THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, 
RATHER THAN THE MILITARY, OVERSEE MOST OPERATIONS AND 
INVESTIGATIONS. FOUR PROVINCES (DOWN FROM A HIGH OF ELEVEN) 
STILL REMAIN UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY DECREE, WHICH IS 
RENEWED BY PARLIAMENT EVERY FOUR MONTHS AND WAS LAST EXTENDED 
IN NOVEMBER 2001. INCREASED CALM AND SECURITY IN THE 
SOUTHEAST SINCE 1999 HAS ENABLED, ACCORDING TO STATE 
AUTHORITIES, 18,000 INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS TO RETURN TO 
THEIR VILLAGES. 
 
PRO-CHECHEN TERRORISM 
 
7.  (U) A GROUP OF 13 PRO-CHECHEN TURKISH CITIZENS SEIZED THE 
SWISS HOTEL IN ISTANBUL ON APRIL 22, 2001 AND HELD 150 
HOSTAGES, INCLUDING 37 AMERICAN CITIZENS, FOR APPROXIMATELY 
12 HOURS UNTIL THEY SURRENDERED WITHOUT INCIDENT. THE TERROR 
GROUP STAGED THE RAID TO PROTEST RUSSIAN ACTIONS IN CHECHNYA. 
THEY ARE PRESENTLY IN CUSTODY AND ON TRIAL IN ISTANBUL STATE 
SECURITY COURT UNDER A VARIETY OF CHARGES, THOUGH NOT UNDER 
TURKEY'S TOUGH ANTI-TERROR LAW. THE LEADER OF THE HOSTAGE 
TAKERS, MUHAMMED TOKCAN, MASTERMINDED THE 1996 SEIZURE OF THE 
FERRY BOAT AVRASYA. HE ESCAPED FROM PRISON AFTER BEING 
CONVICTED FOR THE INCIDENT, THOUGH AGAIN NOT UNDER THE 
ANTI-TERROR LAW. LARGE NUMBERS OF TURKS, MANY WITH ROOTS IN 
THE CAUCASUS, ARE SYMPATHETIC TO CHECHEN AMBITIOUS. 
 
8. (U) THE CAPITALIZED TITLES BELOW CORRESPOND TO REFTEL 
QUESTIONS. 
 
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RESPONSE OF THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM (C) 
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9. (U) STATE SECURITY COURTS (DGM) IN EIGHT PROVINCES, WITH 
JURISDICTION FOR ALL CRIMES THAT FALL WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF 
THE ANTI-TERROR LAW, TAKE A VIGOROUS APPROACH TOWARDS 
PROSECUTING TERROR-RELATED CRIMES. APPROXIMATELY 2,400 TERROR 
CASES CAME BEFORE STATE SECURITY COURTS IN 2001. AGGRESSIVE 
PROSECUTION OF SUSPECTED HIZBULLAH MEMBERS CONTINUES, WITH 
MULTIPLE ON-GOING INVESTIGATIONS AND TRIALS. AVERAGE TRIAL 
TIMES RUN MORE THAN A YEAR, AND DEFENDANTS ARE USUALLY 
INCARCERATED DURING THEIR TRIALS. APPROXIMATELY 2000 
HIZBULLAH MEMBERS ARE PRESENTLY DETAINED OR IN PRISON. THERE 
ARE APPROXIMATELY 8,600 INDIVIDUALS PRESENTLY SERVING 
SENTENCES FOR TERROR CRIMES. 
 
10. (U) OPENED IN JULY 2000 IN DIYARBAKIR STATE SECURITY 
COURT, THE MAIN HIZBULLAH TRIAL CONTINUES. TWENTY 
INDIVIDUALS, INCLUDING TWO TOP HIZBULLAH LEADERS, ARE CHARGED 
WITH 156 MURDERS. THE TRIAL OF 17 JERUSALEM WARRIORS 
SUSPECTS, CHARGED WITH 22 MURDERS OF PROMINENT SECULAR 
INTELLECTUALS AND JOURNALISTS, FOREIGN DIPLOMATS, AND USAF 
SSGT VICTOR MARVIK, IS ALSO ON-GOING. ABDULLAH OCALAN, THE 
LEADER OF THE PKK CONVICTED OF TREASON IN JUNE 1999 AND 
SENTENCED TO DEATH, APPEALED TO THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN 
RIGHTS (ECHR). IN JANUARY 2000, PRIME MINISTER BULENT ECEVIT 
DECIDED NOT TO SUBMIT OCALAN'S DEATH SENTENCE TO THE 
PARLIAMENT FOR APPROVAL, PENDING A FINAL ECHR DECISION. 
 
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EXTRADITION OF SUSPECTED TERRORISTS (D/E) 
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11. (U) IN 2001, THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY DID NOT SEEK THE 
EXTRADITION OF ANY SUSPECTS FROM THE UNITED STATES ON 
TERROR-RELATED CHARGES, NOR DID THE UNITED STATES SEEK THE 
EXTRADITION OF SUCH SUSPECTS FROM TURKEY. IN THE PAST, TURKEY 
HAS FACED DIFFICULTY IN EXTRADITING SUSPECTED TERRORISTS FROM 
OTHER COUNTRIES. SYRIA, IRAQ, AND IRAN HAVE LONG HARBORED PKK 
TERRORISTS WHICH THEY HAVE USED AGAINST TURKEY. EUROPEAN 
STATES HAVE ALSO BEEN HESITANT TO EXTRADITE TERROR-SUSPECTS 
TO TURKEY. DESPITE OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION 
ON TERRORISM, SYMPATHY WITH KURDISH POLITICAL AND CULTURAL 
ASPIRATIONS IN SOME EUROPEAN STATES, ALLEGATIONS OF TORTURE 
BY TURKISH OFFICIALS, AND TURKEY'S LEGAL PROVISION FOR THE 
DEATH PENALTY HAVE ALL PROVED IMPEDIMENTS TO SUCH 
EXTRADITIONS. HOWEVER, NO EXECUTIONS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN 
TURKEY SINCE 1984 DESPITE THE FACT THAT SCORES OF CONVICTED 
TERRORISTS, INCLUDING PKK LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN, HAVE 
RECEIVED DEATH SENTENCES. 
 
12. (U) MOST RECENTLY, BELGIUM HAS REFUSED TO EXTRADITE FERYA 
ERDAL, A MEMBER OF DHKP/C ACCUSED IN THE JANUARY 1996 SLAYING 
OF PROMINENT BUSINESSMAN OZDEMIR SABANCI AND TWO OTHER 
INDIVIDUALS. THE BELGIAN GOVERNMENT CITED TURKEY'S LEGAL 
PROVISION FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AS GROUNDS FOR REFUSING 
EXTRADITION, EVEN THOUGH TURKEY PROMISED NOT TO EXECUTE HER 
IF SHE WAS FOUND GUILTY. ERDAL WAS PLACED UNDER HOUSE ARREST 
IN BELGIUM AND INITIALLY CHARGED WITH MINOR WEAPONS 
VIOLATIONS. IN 2001, HOWEVER, CITING THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION 
ON TERRORISM, A BRUSSELS COURT RULED THAT ERDAL COULD BE 
TRIED FOR MURDER UNDER BELGIAN LAW. THE TURKISH MINISTER OF 
JUSTICE WELCOMED THE RULING AS A "POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT." 
ERDAL'S LAWYERS HAVE APPEALED. 
 
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RESPONSES OTHER THAN PROSECUTION (F) 
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13. (U)  PRESIDENT SEZER, PRME MINISTER ECEVIT, FOREIGN 
MINISTER CEM, AND CHIEF OF THE GENERAL STAFF HUSEYIN 
KIVRIKOGLU HAVE REPEATEDLY AND STRONGLY DENOUNCED TERRORISM 
DURING 2001. THESE STATEMENTS ONLY INCREASED IN VOLUME AND 
IMPORTANCE IN THE WAKE OF THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS. ON 
SEPTEMBER 12, PRIME MINISTER ECEVIT, ON LIVE TELEVISION, 
STATED FIRMLY THAT TURKEY "WAS AT THE SIDE OF THE UNITED 
STATES". 
 
14. (U) AFTER THE APRIL 22 SEIZURE OF THE SWISS HOTEL, WHERE 
PRO-CHECHEN TURKISH MILITANTS HELD 150 HOSTAGES, INCLUDING 37 
AMERICAN CITIZENS, FOR 12 HOURS, THEN INTERIOR MINISTER 
TANTAN AND THE ISTANBUL SECURITY DIRECTOR MADE STATEMENTS 
THAT IMPLIED THAT THE INCIDENT WAS NOT AN ACT OF TERROR. 
 
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MAJOR COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS BY THE GOT (G) 
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15. (U)  ON ALL FRONTS, THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY CONTINUED 
AGGRESSIVE COUNTER-TERRORISM EFFORTS IN 2001. THE POLICE 
CONTINUED THEIR RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF HIZBULLAH AFTER THE 
JANUARY ASSASSINATION OF DIYARBAKIR SECURITY DIRECTOR GAFFAR 
OKKAN, CONDUCTING OVER 553 OPERATIONS THAT LED TO 1313 
DETENTIONS THROUGH NOVEMBER. SULHADIN URUK, A LEADING 
HIZBULLAH MILITANT, WAS KILLED IN A SEPTEMBER RAID. A 
DECEMBER OPERATION NETTED SUSPECTS IMPLICATED IN THE 1993 
SLAYING OF DEMOCRACY PARTY DEPUTY MEHMET SINCAR, THE 
KIDNAPPING AND MURDER OF ISLAMIST FEMINIST KONCA KURIS, AND 
THE OCTOBER 2001 ASSASSINATION OF TWO POLICE OFFICERS.  THE 
GOT CONTINUES ITS ACTIVE SUPPRESSION OF THE PKK, THOUGH ITS 
SECURITY OPERATIONS TEMPO HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED IN 
LINE WITH A REDUCTION IN THE CONFLICT. 
 
16. (U) POLICE HAVE ALSO SUCCESSFULLY WORKED TO DISRUPT AND 
UNCOVER DHKP/C CELLS. IN ADDITION, THE DECEMBER 2000 
"OPERATION RETURN TO LIFE" HAS REPORTEDLY GREATLY REDUCED THE 
GROUP'S OPERATIONAL CAPABILITIES.  THAT OPERATION SMASHED 
DHKP-C CONTROL IN LARGE, WARD-STYLE DETENTION FACILITIES AND 
TRANSFERRED ITS MEMBERS TO SMALL-CELL, "F-TYPE" PRISONS. 
DHKP-C HAD PREVIOUSLY CONDUCTED OPERATIONS AND TRAINING FROM 
PRISONS WHERE AUTHORITIES HAD EFFECTIVELY LOST CONTROL. IN 
PROTEST OF THE "F-TYPE" PRISONS, DHKP/C SYMPATHIZERS AND 
SUPPORTERS HAVE CONDUCTED HUNGER STRIKES IN WHICH 41 
INDIVIDUALS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES.  A STATE FORENSIC AUTOPSY 
REPORT RELEASED AFTER THE RAID INDICATED THAT SOME OF THE 31 
DEATHS IN THE OPERATION MAY HAVE RESULTED FROM THE  USE OF 
EXCESSIVE FORCE. 
 
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GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM (H) 
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17. (U) THE GOT CONSISTENTLY AND STRONGLY OPPOSES BOTH 
DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM. TURKEY DOES NOT VIEW 
ITS MAINTENANCE OF DIPLOMATIC OR ECONOMIC/COMMERCIAL 
RELATIONS WITH CUBA, IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SUDAN, AND SYRIA AS 
CONSTITUTING SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM. 
 
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SUPPORT STATEMENTS FOR TERRORIST COUNTRIES (I) 
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18. (U) THE GOT MADE NO PUBLIC STATEMENTS IN 2000 IN SUPPORT 
OF TERRORIST-SUPPORTING COUNTRIES ON TERRORISM ISSUES. 
 
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SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN ATTITUDES TOWARDS TERRORISM (J) 
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19. (U) THE EVENTS OF SEPTEMBER 11 HARDENED GOT DETERMINATION 
TO FIGHT TERRORISM, BOTH INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC. THIS 
HEIGHTENED WILL WAS MANIFESTED IN BOTH CONTINUING EFFORTS TO 
SUPPRESS DOMESTIC TERROR GROUPS, ESPECIALLY HIZBULLAH, AND IN 
STRONG SUPPORT--BOTH IN WORD AND DEED--OF OPERATION ENDURING 
FREEDOM. IN THE WAKE OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBINGS, THE 
GOT HAS STEPPED UP PRESSURE FOR THE EU TO ADOPT TOUGHER 
MEASURES AGAINST TURKISH TERROR GROUPS OPERATING IN EUROPE, 
NAMELY DHKP/C, PKK, HIZBULLAH, AND THE KAPLANCILAR. ON 
DECEMBER 12, THE GOVERNMENT OF GERMANY OUTLAWED THE 
KAPLANCILAR ORGANIZATION. 
 
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USG COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS AND INITIATIVE WITH GOT (K) 
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20. (U) TURKISH SUPPORT IN THE WAKE OF SEPTEMBER 11 
UNDERSCORED THE GOT'S COMMITTED POLICY ON FIGHTING TERROR, 
BOTH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL. IN THE FACE OF STRONG PUBLIC 
OPPOSITION, PARLIAMENT, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PM ECEVIT, 
PASSED A RESOLUTION ALLOWING THE GOVERNMENT TO SEND TURKISH 
TROOPS ABROAD AND TO PERMIT THE STATIONING OF FOREIGN TROOPS 
ON TURKISH SOIL TO SUPPORT OEF. AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THE 
RESOLUTION, TURKEY OFFERED A 90-MAN SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIT 
FOR DUTY IN AFGHANISTAN.  IN GENERAL, BUT ESPECIALLY AFTER 
SEPTEMBER 11, THE TURKISH NATIONAL POLICE (TNP) HAS CONTINUED 
TO PROVIDED EXCELLENT PROTECTION OF US DIPLOMATIC AND 
MILITARY FACILITIES THROUGHOUT TURKEY. 
 
21. (U) IN RESPONSE TO THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ASKING 
FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO FREEZE TERRORIST-RELATED FINANCIAL 
ASSETS, THE GOT FORMED AN INTERAGENCY WORKING GROUP TO 
COORDINATE INVESTIGATIONS AND TO FREEZE FINANCIAL ASSETS. 
THIS EFFORT HAS RESULTED SO FAR IN FREEZING ABOUT USD 2 
MILLION IN FINANCIAL ASSETS IN TURKEY OWNED BY AN INDIVIDUAL 
ON THE EXECUTIVE ORDER (NO. 13224) LIST OF TERRORIST 
FINANCIERS. THE GOT IS REVIEWING THE POSSIBILITY OF AMENDING 
THE LEGAL PROCESS FOR FREEZING FINANCIAL ASSETS IN ORDER TO 
FACILITATE QUICK REACTION TO NEW INFORMATION. 
 
(INFORMATION FOR THE REPORT'S CLASSIFIED ANNEX) 
 
22. (S)  THE TURKISH MILITARY  HAS ALSO OFFERED THE USE OF AN 
ADDITIONAL AIRBASE TO LIGHTEN THE LOAD ON INCIRLIK AFB AND 
EASED FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS TO EASE US SUPPORT OF FORCES 
OPERATING IN AFGHANISTAN. OTHER TURKISH ACTIONS IN SUPPORT OF 
OEF INCLUDE: 
 
--OFFERED TWO KC-135 REFUELING TANKERS; 
--CSAR IN TU/ONV INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT AND MEDICAL SUPPORT 
PLANNING; 
--AGREE TO STRIP ESM UNITS FROM NEW HELICOPTERS FOR USE BY US 
FORCES; 
--BLANKET OVERFLIGHT AND LANDING FOR ALL AMC A/C (CLEARANCE 
INCLUDES A/C AND HAZMAT AT ZERO LEAD TIME AND MINIMUM 
NOTIFICATION WHERE ESSENTIAL); 
--USE OF AIRBASES TO INCLUDE: FUEL, LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AND 
SUPPLY, STATIONING AIRCRAFT CREW AND NECESSARY EQUIPMENT; 
--4 LNOS AT CENTCOM, 1 AT EUCOM, 1 IN AFGHANISTAN; 
--FULLY COMPLIANT: WASSENAAR, AUSTRALIA GROUPS, MISSILE 
TECHNOLOGY AND CONTROL, NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS GROUP, 
NONPROLIFERATION REGIMES; 
--AUTHORIZED THE DELIVERY OF LETHAL MUNITIONS (ALONG WITH 
FOOD AND BLANKETS) TO THE AFGHAN RESISTANCE OUT OF INCIRLIK 
AFB. 
 
23. (S) IN GENERAL, TURKEY HAS BEEN COOPERATIVE IN 
WATCHLISTING, ARRESTING, DETAINING, QUESTIONING, AND 
DISRUPTING SOME SUSPECTED TERRORISTS ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED 
STATES. THE GOT HAS ALSO PROVED HELPFUL IN TRACING AND 
TRACKING INDIVIDUALS BELIEVED TO HAVE LINKS TO THE AL-QA'IDA 
ORGANIZATION. BESIDES ASSISTING WITH SUSPECTED TERRORISTS 
LOCATED IN TURKEY, ANKARA HAS ALSO BEEN COOPERATIVE IN 
ASSISTING THE USG IN ITS REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE IN MAKING 
SMOOTH THE TRANSITING OF TERRORISTS THROUGH TURKEY FOR 
RENDITION TO OTHER COUNTRIES. 
 
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COOPERATION-INVESTIGATION/PROSECUTION (L) 
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(INFORMATION FOR THE REPORT'S CLASSIFIED ANNEX) 
 
24. (C) THE MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE TREATY BETWEEN THE UNITED 
STATES AND TURKEY, WHICH ENTERED INTO FORCE IN JANUARY 1981, 
GOVERNS INVESTIGATIVE COOPERATION. THE GOT HAS EXPEDITIOUSLY 
PROCESSED REQUESTS FOR INVESTIGATIVE ACCESS TO EVIDENCE UNDER 
THIS TREATY. HOWEVER, IN SOME CASES THE GOT HAS LEFT REQUESTS 
UNANSWERED FOR OVER THREE YEARS. IN 2001, THE US DEPARTMENT 
OF JUSTICE SUCCESSFULLY FORWARDED AN MLAT REQUEST TO 
INTERVIEW A SUSPECTED MEMBER OF THE JERUSALEM WARRIORS, AN 
ISLAMIST TERROR GROUP. 
 
25. (U) OVERALL, IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, THE GOT HAS WORKED 
CLOSELY WITH THE USG IN THE APPREHENSION, CONVICTION, AND 
PUNISHMENT OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR TERRORIST ATTACKS IN 
TURKEY. THE MOST PROMINENT EXAMPLE OF THE GOT'S AGGRESSIVE 
EFFORTS TO BRING TERRORISTS TO JUSTICE CONTINUES TO BE THE 
SEPTEMBER 2000 ARREST OF FOUR SUSPECTS INDICTED IN THE 1991 
ASSASSINATION OF USAF SSGT VICTOR MARVICK IN ANKARA. THE 
TRIAL OF THE FOUR , WHO ARE ALLEGEDLY MEMBERS OF THE 
JERUSALEM WARRIORS, IS CONTINUING. 
 
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COOPERATION-PREVENTION (M) 
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(INFORMATION FOR THE REPORT'S CLASSIFIED ANNEX) 
 
26. (C) PURSUANT TO AN MLAT REQUEST, IN SEPTEMBER 2001 RSO 
AND LEGAT INTERVIEWED RUSTU AYTUFAN, AN ALLEGED MEMBER OF THE 
JERUSALEM WARRIORS, REGARDING HIS  CONFESSION TO THE TNP THAT 
HE AND ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL CONDUCTED PRE-OPERATIONAL 
SURVEILLANCE OF US EMBASSY EMPLOYEES AND OF THE US EMBASSY 
COMPOUND IN 1999. ON HIS DEFENSE ATTORNEY'S ADVICE, HOWEVER, 
AYTUFAN REFUSED TO GRANT AN INTERVIEW FOR FEAR THAT HIS 
STATEMENTS COULD BE USED AGAINST HIM IN A PENDING TRIAL FOR 
SEVERAL POLITICALLY-MOTIVATED KILLINGS, INCLUDING THAT OF 
SSGT MARVICK. EMBASSY ANKARA REMAINS CONFIDENT THAT ONGOING 
COOPERATION BETWEEN THE DOJ AND THE TURKISH MINISTRY OF 
JUSTICE WILL YIELD ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW THE 
SUSPECT AT THE END OF THE TRIAL. 
 
PEARSON 

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