A picture shows a destroyed wall following clashes between Islamic State (IS) group fighters and Turkish special forces in Diyarbakir on October 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN
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At a qualifying match this month for next year's Euro 2016 football championship in the central Anatolian city of Konya, the teams of Turkey and Iceland stood, heads bowed, for a minute of silence honoring the 102 victims of suicide attacks in Ankara three days earlier.The bombings, carried out by ISIS followers from inside Turkey, targeted the pro-Kurdish coalition the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), left-wing activists and trade unionists as they gathered for a rally against fighting in southeast Turkey between security forces and insurgents of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).Elected president in 2014, Erdogan overstepped the powers of a constitutionally nonpartisan office by campaigning to get the Islamist party he founded, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), a sufficient parliamentary majority to change Turkey from a parliamentary to a presidential system.Turkey's always polarized politics have since turned toxic.The attack inflamed southeast Turkey and imperiled a two-year cease-fire with the PKK.
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