Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Turkey

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Turkey

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See also Iraq, Syria

2003

Nov. 4: Turkish Deputy Prime Minister 'Abdullatif Sener announced that the Turkish military would clear 615,000 land mines along its border with Syria. In March, Turkey joined the international ban on antipersonnel mines. [NYT, 11/5]

Nov. 15: Two suicide bombers attacked two separate synagogues in Istanbul, killing at least 23 people and injuring at least 300. Abu-Hafs al-Masri, a group linked to alQa'ida, claimed responsibility for the attack. Also, the group warned of future attacks on western targets and took responsibility for other attacks, including the November 12, 2003 suicide bombing of an Italian base in Nasiriya, Iraq that killed at least 31 people. [WP, 11/171

Nov. 21: At least 27 people were killed and another 450 injured in two truck bombings in the heart of Istanbul. While President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair prepared for a joint anti-terrorism declaration in London, a truck bomb went off at the British-based HSBC Bank building. …

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