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Asala terror attack at Ankara airport in 1982
ASALA terror attack on 7 August 1982 at Ankara Esenboga Airport; 9 people were killed.
Photo: Anadolu Ajansi

The Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA) was founded by several diaspora Armenians in 1975. Through targeted assassinations of Turkish diplomats ASALA sought to secure the international community's recognition of the Armenian genocide and to demand the return of 'Western Armenia' from Turkey.

ASALA's inspiration was Gourgen Yanikian. Yanikian's family, originally from Erzurum, managed to escape the Hamidian massacres of 1895 and moved to Kars. Nine years later, however, Yanikian's mother

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