41 Killed In Istanbul Airport Terror Attack. | Gradient

41 killed in Istanbul airport terror attack.

Istanbul Airport Attack

Last night, three terrorists opened gunfire on travelers at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport. The gunmen then detonated explosives to finish the attack. When the chaos had ended, 41 were dead, with an additional 239 people suffering injuries.

While many are unsure of the terrorist’s motive, several United States officials believe ISIS was behind the attacks.  Lt. Col. Rick Francona, a former U.S. military attache in Syria, believes that Turkey’s focus on suppressing the PKK, a group of Kurdish separatists, diverted their attention away from containing ISIS. From CNN:

But there’s been a shift in strategy recently, according to Francona, the former U.S. military attaché in Syria.

“Over the last couple of months, the Turks have really changed their focus from only the PKK to going after ISIS as well,” he said. “Remember when we first started this exercise, the Turks were giving a lot of lip service to going after ISIS when really they were trying to marginalize and isolate the PKK.”

ISIS also promised an uptick in attacks during the holy month of Ramadan, which is nearing its end.

In spite of the recent attacks, Ataturk Airport has resumed service.

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