By Sajjad Shaukat
At least 42 persons were killed and more than 230 wounded by the three suicide bombers who carried out simultaneous attacks at the Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul, on June 28, this year. Three militants opened fire to create panic outside the airport, before two of them got inside and blew themselves up.
Although no group claimed responsibility for these terror attacks, yet Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. “Our thoughts on those responsible for the attack lean toward Islamic State” (Also known as ISIS or ISIL or Daesh). John Brennan, head of the US CIA also stated that the attack bore the hallmarks of Islamic State “depravity.”
Ankara is part of a US-led military coalition against the ISIS in Syria and Iraq. But, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who always follow ambivalent policies has taken steps this week to improve relations with Israel and Russia to strengthen its hand in fighting against militants, said the attack at the airport should serve as a turning point in the global battle against terrorism.
While ignoring any indication regarding the militant outfit Kurdistan Workers’ Party-PKK which also did not claim responsibility for these triple suicide assaults, and which is being assisted by American CIA, including Israeli Mossad, some Jewish-controlled media suggested, “The working theory is that the attackers may have been Chechen jihadists from southwest Russia, who could have links to ISIS.” Speaking in the tone of Jewish media, a Turkish official told the AP that the “three bombers who carried out the attack on Istanbul’s main airport had connections to Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.”
The Turkish government is simultaneously facing two main terrorist organizations PKK and ISIS. Since July 2015, Turkish Special Forces have been launching a counter-terrorism campaign against the PKK. While as part of the anti-ISIS coalition, Ankara carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIS strongholds in Iraq and artillery shelling across the border with Syria.