Keys to a Turkish (Blood) Bath

The terrible attacks occurred on Tuesday in a unique situation: the role of Turkey in the refugee program in Europe, the recomposition of its links with Russia and Israel and the decline of the Islamic State

By: Juventud Rebelde


2016-06-30 | 15:16:13 EST
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ISTANBUL, June 29.- Turkey declared Wednesday a day of national mourning for the triple suicide bombing at Istanbul airport which left on Tuesday night, at least 41 dead and about 239 wounded.

 The deadliest attack carried out in the Turkish metropolis which has already been shaken by three this year bears all the marks of the terrorist group Islamic State, although they have not claimed it.

 According to AFP, of the 239 injured, 130 were admitted to hospitals in the city. From Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched an international call for a "joint struggle" and said the attack "perpetrated during the month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes regardless of faith or values."

 Istanbul and Ankara have been targets of several attacks since last year and have added nearly 200 dead, hundreds injured and a climate of permanent insecurity.

 The targets of the attacks in Turkey have been security forces and tourist sites, which has led to the immediate fall in that sector.

 The attacks came in a situation that complicates the analysis of the motivations of the authors, since Turkey agreed with the European Union, a pact that makes it a temporary home to thousands of migrants and a point of forced repatriation for many of them and, moreover, is reconstructing its links with two important former allies: Russia and Israel.

 Notimex reported that Vladimir Putin and his colleague Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed on Wednesday in a telephone conversation of reconciliation, the importance of normalizing relations and commitment in the fight against terrorism.

In his first telephone conversation since the downing of a Russian plane by Turkish fighter aircraft last November, both leaders agreed to fight together against terrorism and even keep a personal meeting. A Kremlin statement said the two presidents "will take steps to cooperate to address the political, economic and humanitarian crises in the region."

 Putin ordered his Cabinet to start negotiations for the resumption of trade and economic cooperation and take steps to lift restrictions on the visit of Russian tourists to Turkey, which reactivates significant revenue for Ankara.

 Meanwhile, just two days after Turkey and Israel announced the normalization of diplomatic relations after six years of crisis, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack on Tuesday.

 Also Reuven Rivlin Israeli President communicated his condolences to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and welcomed "the opportunity to renew our good relations", reported EFE.

 In another study, the Spanish agency says that two years after proclaiming its caliphate in the territories under their control in Syria and Iraq, the terrorist group Islamic State -presumed author of the tragedy- is beset by enemies on many fronts.


 In Syria, in the last year, IS has been reduced from 50 to 30 per cent of the territory that it dominates and has suffered major losses like the loss of the city of Palmyra and the populations of Al Shadadi and Al Hul.

 Also in Iraq, the extremist group is harassed in their stronghold of Mosul and other northern areas of the country. The power of IS on the ground has faded in the last six months, losing control of large areas.

 IS has lost a large number of leaders and fighters in air strikes by Iraqi aviation and the international coalition. The expulsion of terrorists from the city of Fallujah, one of its strongholds, has been a devastating blow.

 Following the attacks in Turkey, US President Barack Obama said that this action indicates "how little these vicious organizations can offer, beyond the murder of innocents."

 Translated by ESTI

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