- Istanbul Has Fallen Under The Hands Of ISIS (Image: MGN)
- Three terrorists attacked one of the busiest airports in the world in Istanbul.
- Over forty people died in the attack, including fourteen foreigners.
- Over two hundred people were injured, forty-one are still in critical condition.
- The Istanbul government is blaming ISIS and are vowing to get their revenge.
Three terrorists stormed into one of the world’s busiest airports in the world, brandishing Ak-47’s, and opened fire into the sea of people that were traveling last night. Then as the police moved in, they blew themselves up.
Hundreds of people were left injured and scared. Over forty people killed, their lives taken away from them as if their souls were leaves in the wind. One country devastated and enraged by a ruthless attack conducted by cowards, and one victimizer in the cross hairs of Istanbul’s rage. ISIS.
Istanbul has pointed the focus of their investigation on ISIS officials have said. The Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, met with reporters at the airport, saying that the Daesh (the Arabic word for ISIS) were responsible. “The findings of our security forces point at the Daesh organization as the perpetrators of this terror attack. Even though the indications suggest Daesh, our investigations are continuing.”
U.S. airports have begun to heighten their own security after the onslaught that happened in Istanbul. The JFK airport in New York was even evacuated after a suspicious bag was found. Thankfully, the bag was check, and the patrons were allowed to come back and get on their flights.
ISIS has not come forward and claimed responsibility for the attack on Istanbul. It does, however, have similar connotations to the attacks on Brussels that happened in March. Even a U.S. government official told Fox News that was similar in style to the attacks that ISIS has already committed.
Yet, ISIS is not the only organization that has been fighting Turkey. The Kurdish terror group, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has actually caused more fatalities in Istanbul than ISIS has. The profile of the attack, however, doesn’t fit the style of the PKK. The PKK tends to target Turkish military or law enforcement, not airports.
The Director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute, Soner Cagaptay, claimed that Turkey is ready to come down on ISIS with a vengeance. “If this Islamic State is indeed behind this attack, this would be a declaration of war. Turkey’s vengeance will come down like rain from hell on the Islamic State.”
Out of the 239 people that were injured in the attack, 109 have already been released from the hospital. Yet, 41 still remain in extreme intensive care.
The majority of the people killed were Turkish, but not all of them. Fourteen foreigners were killed in the attack. The foreigners were from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, China, Iran, Jordan, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Officials are still going over the footage from security cameras inside the airport, in hopes to create a timeline for the attack.