While the worldwide media attention has been on Yemen, the recent bombing attack in Istanbul was reported rather mutedly.
Things are getting heated in Turkey ever since Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan began to openly criticise Israel.
On the 31 May 2010, Israeli soldiers killed a number of Turkish peace activists onboard the ship Mavi Marmara on the Gaza aid convoy.
On the same day, there was a rocket attack on a naval base, in İskenderun, in Turkey; seven people were killed. There were suspicions of Israeli involvement.
On 26 October 2010 Turkey’s intelligence establishment severed it’s working ties with Israel’s Mossad.
On 27 October 2010, Police in Turkey arrested 12 people ‘suspected of links to al-Qaeda’.
On 31 October 2010, Istanbul was rocked by a bomb.
In February, it was reported that “Retired generals detained in Turkey coup plot”
A 2003 Turkish military plot, codenamed “Sledgehammer”, involved plans to bomb mosques in Istanbul and provoke tensions with Greece, in order to spark political chaos and justify a military takeover.
The idea was to cause chaos and topple the Turkish government, which was not sufficiently friendly towards the USA and Israel.
The military admitted it’s existence to the BBC, but said it was only a contingency plan based on scenarios of political unrest.
The case is the latest in a series involving alleged plots by Turkey’s military and secular establishment against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.