Turks Increasingly Turn to Islamic Extremism

[Los Angeles Times] Sebastian Rotella - "We consider the Muslims in Turkey our brothers," said Mustafa Abu Yazid, al-Qaeda's operations chief, lauding Turkish suicide bombers killed in recent attacks near the Afghan-Pakistani border. "We are aware of an increasing number of Turks going to train in Pakistan," said a senior European anti-terrorism official. "Turks were perceived as moderate with few connections to al-Qaeda central," said Evan Kohlmann, a U.S. private consultant who works with anti-terrorism agencies. But now Islamist groups are trying to recruit among a Turkish immigrant population in Germany that numbers close to 3 million.

2009-06-30 06:00:00

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