Friday, August 18, 2017

Maps of Terror: August 13-18, 2017

There was a pattern to the recent terror attacks: Turkish restaurants and sites.

During the week of August 13, 2017, there have been a series of terrorist attacks around Europe, EuroAsia, and Africa - in Spain, Turkey, Finland, Germany, and Burkina Faso. There have been many terrorist attacks, worldwide this August. (Please see here.)

Here is a brief overview of this week of terror, in words and maps, for some locations.

Several foreign nationals were among 18 people killed in a suspected Islamic extremist attack on a Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital Sunday night, August 13, 2017.

Meanwhile, in Istanbul, Turkey, a suspected Daesh terrorist who had been arrested on suspicion of preparing to carry out a suicide bombing, stabbed to death a policeman on Sunday, August 13, 2017. The suspect was shot dead after killing the policeman, according to Turkey's Anadolu news agency.

On Thursday, August 17, 2017, the big media attention was on the terror attacks occurring in Barcelona, Cambrils, and Alcanar, Spain. Please note hostages reportedly taken at luna de Istanbul restaurant in Barcelona.

On Friday, August 18, 2017, a man was stabbed to death in a shop in Elberfeld, near Dusseldorf, Germany. The incident took place on Kipdorf in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, in the city in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Knifemen killed two people and targeted five women, including one pushing a baby in a pram, in a stabbing spree in Finland. Armed police scrambled to the middle of Turku as a knife-wielding group reportedly rampaged through the city – as a manhunt was launched to find the attackers.

You will note that in four of these attacks - an Istanbul restaurant in Spain, a Turkish restaurant in Africa, locations in Turkey, and in the Finnish city of Turka, the Turkish link & name game is there.

Turku is a city on the southwest coast of Finland at the mouth of the Aura River, in the region of Southwest Finland. Turku, as a town, was settled during the 13th century and founded most likely at the end of the 13th century, making it the oldest city in Finland.

The Finnish name Turku originates from an Old East Slavic word, tǔrgǔ, meaning "market place." The word turku still means "market place" in some Finnish dialects. The Swedish word for "market place" is torg, and was probably borrowed from Old East Slavic, and was present already in Old Swedish.

The name of Turkey is based on the ethnonym Türk. The first recorded use of the term "Türk" or "Türük" as an autonym is contained in the Old Turkic inscriptions of the Göktürks (Celestial Turks) of Central Asia (c. 8th century). The English name Turkey first appeared in the late 14th century and is derived from Medieval Latin Turchia.

The Greek cognate of this name, Tourkia (Greek: Τουρκία) was used by the Byzantine emperor and scholar Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus in his book De Administrando Imperio, though in his use, "Turks" always referred to Magyars. Similarly, the medieval Khazar Empire, a Turkic state on the northern shores of the Black and Caspian seas, was referred to as Tourkia (Land of the Turks) in Byzantine sources. The medieval Arabs referred to the Mamluk Sultanate as al-Dawla al-Turkiyya (State of Turkey). The Ottoman Empire was sometimes referred to as Turkey or the Turkish Empire among its European contemporaries

The recent past....

The following map published in 2015 predicted areas that might experience terrorist attacks.

1 comment:

cj said...

"four of these attacks - an Istanbul restaurant in Spain, a Turkish restaurant in Africa, locations in Turkey, and in the Finnish city of Turka, the Turkish link & name game is there." The Finnish city is Turku, not Turka.