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Who is TAK and why did it attack Ankara?

This story seeks to shed light on the secretive Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, or TAK, which claimed responsibility for the deadly Feb. 17 bombing in Ankara.
An ambulance arrives after an explosion in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016. Five people were killed in an explosion in the Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday in what appeared to have been a car bomb attack on a vehicle carrying military personnel, broadcaster CNN Turk said, citing the city's governor Mehmet Kiliclar.  REUTERS/Umit Bektas  - RTX27E6K
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It was July 6, 2005. The location was Kusadasi, Turkey, a prominent tourism center on the Aegean coast full of locals and foreigners. A loud explosion wrecked the serenity of the summer holiday, leaving five dead, 14 wounded and the unanswered question of who did it.

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was suspected, but it denounced the attack. A short time later the bombing was claimed by an organization few had heard of before: the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, or Teyrenbazen Azadiya Kurdistan (TAK).

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