Characters and Places in Mahmoud’s Jihad

Main characters (the conspirators, except Ivan)

(In order of appearance. The principals have code names, and several have more than one)

Mahmoud Al Ramadi (Iraqi, age 23, aka Peter)
George (Turkish, age ~40, aka Gurcan Bac, aka Yilmaz Turgut)
Andreas (Austrian, age ~30, aka Jürgen, no LN)
Ottovio (Greek, age ~25, no LN or RN)
Katrina (Swiss, age 26, RN Anna Burmeister)
Ömer Sultanoğlu (Turkish, age 22, aka Michael)
Ivan (Austrian, age ~30, no LN), Andreas’ former lover, reunited with him
Safiye Lipman Dursun (Turkish, 52), Ömer’s maternal aunt and eventual co-conspirator

Minor characters

TigerEye (Turkish, no real name, comrade abroad)
Mikos (Greek anarchist activist, ex-prisoner)
Evangeline Vyros (age 55, Piraeus real estate agent, mother of Spyros)
Spyros Vyros (twenty-something Greek, activist friend of Andreas and apprentice pharmacist)
Penelope Alexiou (40s, Katrina’s upstairs neighbor & fellow anarchist)
Demitrios Karras (Greek, immigration lawyer)
Two Greek nationalists, Iannis Misallodoxía & Manolis Petinos
Mihraplı Mosque official (by honorific title memur)
Irmak (George’s sister, no LN, in Balıkesir, Turkey)
Orhan Demirci (~60, CEO of Olympos InterConnect, a Turkish ISP)

Other People and Organizations mentioned

Mahmoud’s mother (no name, Iraqi))
Mahmoud’s father (no name, Iraqi)
Mahmoud’s brother Akhmed (16, Iraqi)
* ISIS (The Islamic State)
* MLKP (Turkish Marxist-Leninist Communist Party)
* YPG (Kurdish People’s Protection Units militia)
* PKK (Kurdistan Worker’s Party, regarded as terrorists)
* G-20 (Economic summit organization)
Ayhan Sultanoğlu, (50s, Ömer’s father, imprisoned in a Turkish jail)
Nadia Lipman Sultanoğlu, (deceased, Ömer’s mother)
The Greek Girl (20s, Ömer’s secret lover)
** Helo Koyi (Commander of Kurdish YPG militia)
** Eleni Yannatou (Greek anarchist activist, ex-prisoner)
** Stavros Gianopulos (Eleni’s husband, also in Korydallos)
* Vassilis Palaiokostas (notorious Greek thief who twice escaped from Korydallos)
Kostas (Greek, Andreas’ previous lover, imprisoned)
Kurt (Austrian, Ivan’s former lover in Austria, no last name)
** Osman Paşa (President of the Turkish Republic)
** Mehmed Davacı (self-exiled Turkish leader
** Hareket, Davacı’s cultural and political movement
* Golden Dawn Party (Greece)
Dolores Cardozo (Spanish, George’s presumed lover)
* Anarkismo (Greek anarchist periodical)
* Anonymous (international tribe of hackers)
* Hellenic League for Human Rights
Sóimple Funeral Services
Tsouris Towing Company
Olympos InterConnect (Turkish ISP, Orhan Demirci’s company)

* Denotes actual persons, organizations, and groups
** Not actual name

Actual Locations Mentioned

* Cities in Greece: Piraeus, Athens, and island of Chios
* Cities in Turkey: Antalya, Cesme, Izmir, Bursa, Balikesir
* Aspendos arena (Roman amphitheater near Antalya)
** Taverna Omphalos, Restaurant, Piraeus, Greece
* Korydallos Prison, Piraeus, Greece
** Café Santorini, Akti Moutsopoulou, Piraeus
** East Asia Restaurant, Athens, Greece
* Mihraplı Mosque, Bursa, Turkey
* Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey


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