On early Sunday, Dec. 3, 2016, a shooting occurred at the Reina Nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, killing 39 people and wounding 69 others.
“In terms of the soft-target aspects of this attack, it’s a youthful place, a bar that’s pretty well-known in particular to expats. It’s sort of the lively area of Istanbul, and especially on New Year’s Eve night — all of those have hallmarks of ISIS-inspired, if not directed attacks to maximize casualties and get a lot of news around it,” said Juliette Kayyem, a CNN national security analyst.
Turkey’s involvement with Syria had influenced the assailant, getting the attention of a terrorist group.
According to USA Today, “The bloodshed was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria, the jihadist group said in a statement released through Aamaq News Agency, which has ties to the militant group.”
Turkey had been a target for terror attacks for months, the shooting at the club being the last one of the year.
[Just two weeks before, an off duty police officer from Turkey] assassinated a Russian Ambassador at an art gallery in Ankara, reported CNN News.
“The assassination and the deadly nightclub attack have raised questions about how able Turkey’s intelligence forces are to keep the country safe,” reported the New York Times.
The New York Times also said that “Some on social media were quick to point out the rhetoric against New Year’s celebrations that had come from Islamist corners of Turkey. A recent Friday sermon prepared by the government’s religious authority said that New Year’s revelry belonged to “other cultures and other worlds.”
Police are still looking for the gunman, but according to the New York Times, “The Turkish military said on Monday that it had struck Islamic State targets in Syria, killing at least 22 militants.”
The bloodshed will never stop until the Islamic State is dealt with. Specifically, Turkey has had a long history with The Islamic State, and ultimately, security should be high for the country.
With the New Year upon us, Turkey is remaining hopeful for some peace and for the bloodshed to end soon.
PC: New York Times