Seeds: This last year has seen some horrific acts of terror take place all around the globe, some of the most televised being the attacks in Brussels and the attacks in Paris. These attacks are allegedly the work of ISIS (you might hear them referred to as ISIL, the Islamic State, or Daesh, but it’s all the same). The most recent work of the militant group took place yesterday in the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.
Core: Around 10 PM on Tuesday, June 28, two suicide bombers opened fire on one of the security checkpoints in the airport. Shortly after, the two attackers set off their explosives, while a third bomber detonated a bomb in the parking lot. The attacks killed 42 people and injured 147 others.
Skin: As with many of the other large scale terror attacks, the news media has pulled out all the stops to cover the bombings in Istanbul. Interestingly, Although ISIS has not yet claimed responsibility for the attacks (and most likely will not), most news sources believe that it was the work of Islamic State. As well as this, the international response after these attacks has been less significant than with the attacks in Brussels for example. After these attacks the Eiffel Tower was lit up in the colors of the Belgian flag and the #JeSuisBruxelles trended all over the world and inspired artists to create works in solidarity. The hashtag #PrayForIstanbul was retweeted, but beyond that and the media coverage, the international response has been underwhelming.
Leaves: Over the last year, Turkey has been the target of multiple terror attacks. Many believe that these attacks will continue due to the desperation of ISIS. You see, as ISIS has increased their number of attacks in Turkey, they have been losing territory in Iraq and Syria. It is believed that ISIS has continued its attacks in Turkey in order to remain relevant in the mainstream media. Therefore, as ISIS grows continually weaker, it is believed that attacks in Turkey will continue.
Food For Thought: Do you think ISIS will continue to attack Turkey? Is it possible to defeat ISIS? If so, how? Do you think that there is anything that the people in Turkey can do to prepare for such attacks?