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Concern Over Insecurity in Turkey
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Concern Over Insecurity in Turkey

A lawmaker says Iran is worried about the spate of terrorist attacks in neighboring Turkey, as its calm is intertwined with Tehran.
Kamal Dehqani Firouzabadi made the statement in an interview with ICANA on Saturday.
Last Tuesday, Istanbul was rocked by a blast that killed 11 people, which the government blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Major Turkish cities have been the target of bombing attacks since last July, when the country launched a military campaign against the PKK separatist group. The Turkish military has also been conducting offensives against the group’s positions in northern Iraq.
The country has also come under deadly attacks by the self-styled Islamic State militant group, which is mainly active in Iraq and Syria.
Dehqani Firouzabadi said a major factor behind the growth of terrorist attacks in Turkey is the destructive war in Syria, which has created a security vacuum near the Turkish borders.
“Turkey must know that the continuation of war in Syria will further undermine its security,” the MP said.
Since 2011, Syria has been the scene of a standoff between the regular army and foreign-backed militant groups and mercenaries fighting to topple the embattled President Bashar al-Assad.

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