The ceremony held at the Eşref Akıncı Barracks marked the first time an imam has delivered a prayer service at a military funeral ceremony. During the ceremony, Imam Halil İbrahim Taşçı read a prayer which states, "do not call those killed in their service to God dead, because they are still alive. However, you are not aware of that higher being." All of the TAF members present opened their hands in prayer. What followed however was heartbreaking. When the ceremonial speeches came to an end, the soldiers' children, whose ages ranged between 6 to15 sought out their father's coffin and embraced them for a final time in tears.
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Religious Affairs Directorate President Mehmet Görmez led the funeral prayer ceremony which was attended by President Abdullah Gül, Speaker of the Parliament Cemil Çiçek, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan, CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Chief of General Staff Necdet Özel, President of the Constitutional Court Kılıç, a number of ministers, commanding officers, relatives and loved ones of the soldiers and a high number of military members and police who were all present to mourn the soldiers and usher them off onto their final journey. Following the prayer ceremony, Görmez stated that the 12 Turkish soldiers killed in the tragic helicopter crash died while trying to bring peace and aid to the Afghan people."
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