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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Istanbul airport attack: Turkey's vengeance will be like 'rain from hell'
(CNN)The suicide bombing at Turkey's Ataturk Airport is a symbolic attack at the heart of Istanbul.
If ISIS is indeed behind this attack, as the U.S. and Turkey say, this would be a declaration of war. Turkey's vengeance will come down like rain from hell.
Thus far, Turkey has avoided engaging ISIS in full war, instead prioritizing its battle against Syria's Assad regime as well as blocking advances by the Syrian Kurds.
For Turkey, fighting ISIS as a first order battle could now be unavoidable.
In the past, ISIS has carried out attacks in Turkey but this attack eclipses those in scale.
Previously ISIS has targeted tourists; this time they're going for the heart of Turkey, and in a brazen attack that has claimed many more lives than previous ISIS attacks.
Istanbul's Ataturk Airport is the main entry point for the majority of the more than 30 million people who visit Turkey every year. It's also the hub of Turkish Airlines, the country's only known international brand and the gateway to doing business in Istanbul.
This attack is going to hurt Turkey's tourism economy and the business community by seriously challenging the idea that Turkey is a safe place to visit and do business.