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Black, white forces exist, Turkish military says
ICC Note:
The case against the suspects in the “Zirve Murders” of three Christians in Malatya, Turkey in 2007 continues. What has long been suspected, the involvement of Special Forces teams, has been confirmed by the Turkish military. They say “Black and White Forces” were working “in close cooperation” with a clandestine intelligence unit which is known to be “at the center of several coup plots.”
4/3/2013 Turkey (Hurriet)- The Turkish General Staff confirmed for the first time yesterday the existence of a special operational team dubbed “the Black and White Forces” during the 62nd session of the Zirve murders trial.
The involvement of a shadowy Special Forces team was revealed in the testimony İlker Çınar, one of the suspects prosecuted in relation with the killings of three missionaries at the Zirve Publishing House, a small Christian publisher located in Malatya on April 18, 2007. The crime had been committed with an unprecedented level of violence as the missionaries were tied up before their throats were slit.
“Black and White Forces” were allegedly working in close cooperation with the Gendarmerie Intelligence Anti-Terrorism Unit (JİTEM), a reportedly clandestine intelligence unit which is at the center of several coup plots, including Ergenekon and Balyoz (Sledghammer).

One of the defense lawyers emphasized the importance of the revelation. “This statement will affect the course of the trial, no doubt,” he said.

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