At least 50 dead as ISIS strikes Turkish wedding

A young boy 12-14 years old carried out a suicide attack on a wedding in Turkey that killed at least 50 and wounded almost 100.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in a live nationally-televised address in front of Istanbul city Hall. At least 50 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in the attack late Saturday in the southeastern city of Gaziantep.

Erdogan added that there was “absolutely no difference” between ISIS, Kurdish rebels and the movement behind the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, calling them terrorists.

The remains of a suicide vest have been recovered at the site, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency, citing a statement by the chief public prosecutor's office.

Turkey has been the target of attacks in the past year that have been claimed by Kurdish militants linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or were blamed on ISIS. In June, suspected Islamic State militants attacked Istanbul’s main airport with guns and bombs, killing 44 people. A dual suicide bombing blamed on ISIS at a peace rally in Turkey's capital, Ankara, in October killed 103 victims.

Earlier this week, a string of bombings blamed on the PKK that targeted police and soldiers killed at least a dozen people. A fragile, 2 ½ year-long peace process between the PKK and the government collapsed last year, leading to a resumption of the three-decade-long conflict.

"This was a barbaric attack. It appears to be a suicide attack. All terror groups, the PKK, Daesh, the (Gulen movement) are targeting Turkey. But God willing, we will overcome,” Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek told NTV television.

There have been no bombings attributed to the Gulen movement and no one outside of Erdogan is sure that the US based cleric was behind the coup. Erdogan is cynically using this latest atrocity by ISIS to consolidate his gains made in the post-coup purge.

No doubt that Erdogan finds himself in a very tough place. Caught between Kurdish terrorists and ISIS, Turkey has suddenly become a very dangerous place. Given that tourism is a major industry in Turkey, the bombings are having a negative effect on the economy. 

Meanwhile, Erdogan continues his crack down on opponents with thousands more arrested after the government released almost 40,000 people who were being held. Those who aren't arrested are being cowed into submission. Erdogan is creating a new Islamist nation ruled by fear and intimidation where no opposition is permitted and parliament is submissive to the whims of a tyrant.

A young boy 12-14 years old carried out a suicide attack on a wedding in Turkey that killed at least 50 and wounded almost 100.

Fox News:

Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in a live nationally-televised address in front of Istanbul city Hall. At least 50 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in the attack late Saturday in the southeastern city of Gaziantep.

Erdogan added that there was “absolutely no difference” between ISIS, Kurdish rebels and the movement behind the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, calling them terrorists.

The remains of a suicide vest have been recovered at the site, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency, citing a statement by the chief public prosecutor's office.

Turkey has been the target of attacks in the past year that have been claimed by Kurdish militants linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or were blamed on ISIS. In June, suspected Islamic State militants attacked Istanbul’s main airport with guns and bombs, killing 44 people. A dual suicide bombing blamed on ISIS at a peace rally in Turkey's capital, Ankara, in October killed 103 victims.

Earlier this week, a string of bombings blamed on the PKK that targeted police and soldiers killed at least a dozen people. A fragile, 2 ½ year-long peace process between the PKK and the government collapsed last year, leading to a resumption of the three-decade-long conflict.

"This was a barbaric attack. It appears to be a suicide attack. All terror groups, the PKK, Daesh, the (Gulen movement) are targeting Turkey. But God willing, we will overcome,” Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek told NTV television.

There have been no bombings attributed to the Gulen movement and no one outside of Erdogan is sure that the US based cleric was behind the coup. Erdogan is cynically using this latest atrocity by ISIS to consolidate his gains made in the post-coup purge.

No doubt that Erdogan finds himself in a very tough place. Caught between Kurdish terrorists and ISIS, Turkey has suddenly become a very dangerous place. Given that tourism is a major industry in Turkey, the bombings are having a negative effect on the economy. 

Meanwhile, Erdogan continues his crack down on opponents with thousands more arrested after the government released almost 40,000 people who were being held. Those who aren't arrested are being cowed into submission. Erdogan is creating a new Islamist nation ruled by fear and intimidation where no opposition is permitted and parliament is submissive to the whims of a tyrant.