Turkish Energy Minister: Roboski Front Was Linked to the Gülen


Tuesday  Berat Albayrak said in a Television interview that security forces had detained two air force commanders in charge during the bombing of the Kurdish village of Roboski and the downing of a Russian jet over Syria.

According to Albayrak, the commander on the Roboski front was linked to the Gülen movement and is suspected of deliberately targeting a group of Kurdish civilians on the border with the Kurdistan Region with an air strike that killed 34 of them in December 2011.

The minister said that the investigation into the case will be reopened and examined in new light.

The same goes for investigating the downing of the Russian jet last November.

Since then Erdoğan’sgovernment has detained approximately 60,000 soldiers, judges and civil servants. The Turkish government blames the US-based Fethullah Gulen, saying he orchestrated the coup.

Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ claimed on Tuesday that “intelligence” indicated that Gülen

was biding time to escape the US and take refuge in a country which doesn’t have an extradition treaty Turkey.

“There is no institution which this structure has not infiltrated,” said Turkey’s Energy Minister Berat Albayrak on Turkish television, in a clear reference to Gulen supporters in Turkey.

The July 15 coup attempt killed 246 people and wounded over 2,000.