Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides his commentary (Jan. 12, 2016) on the Istanbul bombing, the latest terror attack to strike Turkey. Draitser explains that this tragedy further underscores the connection between Turkey and ISIS/ISIL, demonstrating that Turkey’s policy of supporting terrorism in Syria is having severe repercussions for the country. Draitser also notes that this will likely be used as a pretext by Erdogan to further attack the Kurds both in Turkey and Syria.
At least 10 killed in blast at Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square
January 12, 2016
ISTANBUL – ANF
A blast has occurred at the Sultanahmet Square in the Turkish city of Istanbul at around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.
While a number of ambulances and police forces have been dispatched to the area, images from the scene show some people lying on the ground and a police vehicle overturned.
According to initial reports and eyewitnesses, the blast which occurred at a busy touristic area left dozens of people dead or injured. Police teams have evacuated the area and are not allowing anyone to the scene.
An official statement by Istanbul Governor’s Office said 10 people have died and 15 others were wounded in the blast. Those injured have been rushed to Haseki Training and Research Hospital. Some of these are said to have suffered heavy injuries.