Extremism Lurking in Turkey
Many peaople were filled with fear in Turkey after a suicide bombing killed at least 30 people. Many speculated the attack was perpetrated by Islamic State militants.
The terror attack took place in the Turkish city of Suruc, near the border with Syria, destroying a cultural centre and wounding more than 100 people.
So who is to blame for this deadly attack?
Although no one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, many say they think ISIS is responsible.
This is not the first time that an ISIS-related attack has hit Turkey. In fact, Kurdish people in southeastern Turkey experienced their first massive terror attack by ISIS in May 2013. The Sunni militant group detonated two car bombs in front of government buildings in the border town of Reyhanli. The attack killed 51 people.
U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack in Suruc, Turkey
In a press statement by Department Spokesperson John Kirby the United States said it condemns today’s terrorist attack in Suruc, Turkey that killed dozens of civilians and wounded many more innocent bystanders.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured.” – Mr. Kirby
US and Turkey On Extremism
The United States of America and Turkey have been collaborating on efforts to counter ISIS and are working together to counter terrorism.
The civil war in Syria has put the security situation of Turkey in a volatile state. The Turkish government considers ISIS, the Assad regime and other extremist groups spreading terror in Syria as direct threats to its security.