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    28 dead, 60 injured in terror attack

    At least 28 dead, 60 injured in terror attack at Istanbul airport

    Published June 28, 2016 FoxNews.com

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    BREAKING: At least 28 people were killed and dozens more were injured when three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul's main international airport Tuesday night, a government official said.

    Istanbul's provincial governor, Vasip Sahin, confirmed the death toll from the blasts at Istanbul Ataturk Airport to the private NTV broadcaster. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported that around 60 people were injured, six of them seriously.

    Initial reports indicated that there had been two suicide bombers, at least one of whom attacked the airport's international terminal. Sahin said authorities believed there were three attackers because three explosions had been heard.
    "According to the information I was given, a terrorist at the international terminal entrance first opened fire with a Kalashnikov and then blew himself up," Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told Turkey's state-run news agency earlier in the evening.


    NTV reported that one of the explosions occurred at the international terminal while another took place at the domestic terminal. However, that report was not immediately confirmed by Turkish authorities.




    A Turkish official told The Washington Post that the bombers blew themselves up after police shot at them. Another official told Reuters that the bombers detonated their explosives prior to passing through a X-ray security checkpoint.

    Turkish airports have security checks at the entrance of terminal buildings and then again before entry to departure gates.

    Police sealed off the terminal and flights were prevented from taking off or landing. A Turkish airport official confirmed to Reuters that some flights bound for the airport have been diverted, while passengers on scheduled outbound flights were being put up in nearby hotels. NTV reported that all flights would be canceled until at least 8 a.m. local time Wednesday.
    Some passengers were kept in the airport for over two hours after the explosions before the terminal was evacuated. Hundreds spilled out on to the sidewalk with suitcases in their hands or stacked on trollies.
    Two South African tourists, Paul and Susie Roos from Cape Town, were at the airport and due to fly home at the time of the explosions.
    "We came up from the arrivals to the departures, up the escalator when we heard these shots going off," Paul Roos told the Associated Press. "There was this guy going roaming around, he was dressed in black and he had a handgun."
    Veysel Allay, who was waiting for a friend in the arrivals terminal, told the Daily Telegraph, "A man ran up and ripped open his jacket, showing a bomb vest. I ran before he did anything."
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    Mercan Usul, a 16-year-old girl who had just arrived from Dusseldorf to meet her aunt, told the paper, "I was at arrivals and heard an explosion, everybody ran. Everybody panicked."
    Roads around the airport were sealed off for regular traffic after the attack and several ambulances could be seen driving back and forth.
    The private DHA news agency said the wounded, among them police officers, were being transferred to Bakirkoy State Hospital.




    In the U.S., President Obama was briefed about the attack by Lisa Monaco, his homeland security and counterterrorism adviser. At a press conference in Arizona, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she was "awaiting a briefing" on the attacks, adding "certainly we will be looking into it."
    A law enforcement source told Fox News that there were no immediate plans for additional security in so-called "sterile zones", areas where passengers have already gone through checkpoints, at U.S. airports. The official said any decision to add security outside sterile zones would be made by state or local law enforcment.
    Ataturk Airport is the largest in Turkey and the third busiest in Europe behind London's Heathrow Airport and Paris' Charles de Gaulle. More than 60 million passengers went through the hub in 2015. It is also one of the fastest-growing airports in the world, seeing 9.2 percent more passengers last year than in 2014.
    Turkey has been the target of recent terror attacks by ISIS extremists, as well as Kurdish nationalist groups. Earlier this month, a car bomb targeted a bus carrying riot police in Istanbul, killing 11 people and injuring 36 others.
    The attacks have increased in scale and frequency, scaring off tourists and hurting the Turkish economy, which relies heavily on tourism revenues.

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    Didn't Obama say ISIS was under control six months ago?

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    The way things are going here right now, it's not a matter of 'if', but 'when' our next attack will be and how many American lives will be lost as a result.

    "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" ** Edmund Burke**

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    I would be very interested in learning how some of the top military people view this and their thoughts on how to rid our civilization of this proliferating radical Islamic disease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe s View Post
    I would be very interested in learning how some of the top military people view this and their thoughts on how to rid our civilization of this proliferating radical Islamic disease.
    I realize this isn't the politically correct thing to say, but I think it has come to the point were profiling needs to be included in our future plans of identifying radical Islam followers. I'm sorry to say that but desperate times call for desperate measures.

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    What ever it is that Obama has been doing over the last 7 years aside from being ineffective, has made the situation much worse. Regardless of who the next president is, the seeds have been planted here and abroad. I as probably everyone saw the bomber detonate himself......just horrific......that blast was so powerful it has now compromised the integrity of structural beams in the airport. Those poor people who couldn't get away.
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    this never happen until Obama become President he had to do with all of this no two way about just think about this &( hillary has a hand in this also )
    I want trump in fast he will.not still for this
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    CBS News: Istanbul Suicide Bombers May Have Been Chechen Jihadists From Russia

    June 29, 2016 7:25 PM

    ISTANBUL (CBSNewYork/AP) — It was an attack that echoed the carnage earlier this year at the Brussels airport, down to the taxi that carried the men to their target: Inciting panic and then taking lethal advantage, three suicide attackers unleashed a deadly tide of bullets and bombs at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, leaving 42 dead.

    Authorities blamed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria for the blood bath late Tuesday, a coordinated assault on one of the world’s busiest airports and on a key NATO ally that plays a crucial role in the fight against the extremist group.


    There was no immediate claim of responsibility by the terror group.


    CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan reported the current working theory is the attackers may have been Chechen jihadists from southwest Russia who could have links to ISIS. DNA tests on the attackers are underway.


    More than 230 people were wounded in the attack, but 109 have been discharged from hospitals.


    Meanwhile, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters that air traffic returned to normal and “Our airport has been opened to flights and departures” in a press statement at the airport early Wednesday morning.


    Turkish Airline’s website says “flight operations have been restarted” and instructs passengers to monitor actual flight information.


    Daylight in Istanbul Wednesday revealed more of the devastating aftermath. Workers were seen removing debris from a destroyed terminal where walls of glass were completely blown out from the impact of the blasts.


    Dutch businessman Henk de Jager returned to the airport after witnessing the triple suicide bombings.


    “I saw one of the suicide killers blow himself up,” he said.


    In a video posted after Tuesday night’s attack, a Turkish fireman walks past the motionless body of a man lying face up, most of his right arm missing, near a Turkcell phone stand. Police and investigators carrying crackling radios examine the scene, where a few dazed passengers remain, weaving their way through scraps of debris littered over a bloodied floor.


    Ticket windows were also shattered by bullets from the attackers, who officials say arrived in a taxi before opening fire and setting off explosives.


    Surveillance video captured the moment one of the suicide bombers blew up outside the international terminal. Other footage appears to show a second attacker, who falls, drops a weapon and then detonates his vest soon after.

    The third attacker set off explosives in an airport parking lot.


    The triple bombings came only a day after the U.S. re-issued a travel alert, warning about increased terror threats in Turkey.


    “It certainly seems to suggest there was additional information available to the US government and certainly to the Turks that there were threats perhaps in the offing and it doesn’t suggest that they saw something that was troubling,” CBS News’ senior security analyst Juan Zarate said.


    CBS2’s Jonathan Vigliotti reported that security experts said the attackers were targeting the airport’s large crowds.


    “These individuals were likely not only well-armed, but trained, and certainly had coordinated before the attack and planned it out for a number of weeks, if not months,” Zarate said.


    Officials say it proves the need for constant vigilance.


    “We have to get it right 24-7, 365. They have to get it right for 10 minutes or one hour,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.


    Those who survived recounted the frightening moments as scores of people ran, some ducking into stores.


    “We had some people, they were so scared,” said witness Thomas Kemper. “They started to try to get out of the windows from the Turkish Airlines lounge, but, of course, the glass was too heavy.”


    Recent Fordham graduate Adam Keally was among those who escaped.


    “People were shooting on one side and we all ran the other way and then bombs went off,” he said.


    Sam Spennato was on board one of the last flights out of Istanbul. She’s now back home in Atlanta.


    “I’m shaking, but I’m relieved,” she said. “I just started thanking God that I was in the air and that he was watching over me and I was fine.”


    While officials say the nature of the attacks leads them to believe ISIS may be behind them, the group has not claimed responsibility, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.


    Security experts say this latest attack proves ISIS and terror cells are expanding their reach, going after soft targets in Western capitals.


    “ISIS is trying to find vulnerabilities, not just to attack in places like Iraq and Syria but well beyond into places Turkey, Europe and even potentially in North America,” Zarate said.


    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States condemns the attacks in the strongest terms possible.


    He said the Istanbul airport, like the Brussels airport that was attacked earlier this year, is a symbol of international connections and the ties that bind nations together.


    Earnest said the United States remains steadfast in its support for Turkey, a NATO ally and partner, “along with all of our friends and allies around the world, as we continue to confront the threat of terrorism.”


    President Barack Obama also offered his condolences to the Turkish people. He spoke after a one-on-one meeting in Canada with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.


    “We have offered all assistance that we have available to our ally, Turkey, and we stand prepared to assist them during this difficult time,” Obama said.


    Obama also spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the flight to Canada.


    Airports around the world have increased their security in response to the attack.

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    I have had the privilege to listen to a few experts in the area of dealing with this problem over the last couple of days. Unfortunately, we are not on the correct path nor does this president see the real problem and offers very little hope in correcting the course necessary to capture and kill the enemy (keep us safe). Over 1,000 dead and 1,000's more injured worldwide from ISIS in the last thirty days.

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