Ankara commemorates ambassador killed by Armenian terrorists

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Ankara on Monday held a ceremony in memory of its citizen and ambassador killed by an Armenian terrorist group in Paris in 1975.

“We remember with respect Ambassador Ismail Erez and his driver Talip Yener, martyrs in a heinous attack by the Armenian terrorist organizations ASALA and JCAG in Paris on October 24, 1975,” the Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.

Over the decades, Armenian terrorist groups, including the JCAG, ASALA and the Armenian Revolutionary Army (ARA), have carried out numerous assassinations of Turkish diplomats and their families around the world.

According to data compiled by Anadolu Agency (AA), a total of 77 people – including 58 Turkish nationals, including 31 diplomats and their family members – lost their lives in attacks carried out by these terrorist groups from 1973 to 1986.

The terror campaign began in 1973 when Turkey’s Consul General in Los Angeles Mehmet Baydar and diplomat Bahadır Demir were assassinated in an attack by a terrorist named Gourgen Yanikian.

Founded in 1975 in Beirut, Lebanon, during the Lebanese Civil War, ASALA is responsible for hundreds of bloody terrorist acts. ASALA was the first Armenian terrorist group to launch a campaign against Turkey. It targeted not only Turkey but also other countries and became infamous for a 1975 bombing of the Beirut office of the World Council of Churches.

The JCAG first gained notoriety after claiming with ASALA responsibility for the October 22, 1975 attack on Daniş Tunalıgil, Türkiye’s ambassador to Vienna. The nationalist JCAG believed that attacking other countries would harm the so-called “Armenian struggle”.

ARA is considered a continuation of JCAG under a different name.

Armenian terrorist attacks escalated from 1980 to 1983, when 580 of 699 attacks – over 80% – took place. The attack at Esenboğa Airport in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on August 7, 1982, was one of ASALA’s most notorious attacks, as the group targeted civilians for the first time. Nine people died and more than 80 were injured when two terrorists opened fire in a crowded passenger waiting area at the airport.

The Paris attacks of 1981 and 1983 are among the group’s other infamous terrorist acts. ASALA terrorists held 56 people hostage for 15 hours during the attack on the Turkish consulate in 1981, while a suitcase bomb killed eight people – mostly non-Turks – in 1983 at a Turkish Airlines check-in counter at Orly airport in Paris. According to some Turkish officials, after the Orly bombing, the group lost much of its support and financial backing from the Armenian diaspora and had to disband. The terrorist attacks ended in 1986, according to an Armenian study on terrorism.

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