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June 30, 2016

Turkey blames ISIS for attack on Istanbul airport

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Essential question

Why do some individuals or groups use terrorism as a means to achieve certain goals?


An attack on a major international airport in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday night left more than 40 dead and upwards of 200 injured.

Despite the damage left by bullet holes and the explosions set off by three suicide bombers, Ataturk Airport was open for business Wednesday as travelers and airport workers tried to return to normal.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Turkish officials have blamed the Islamic State militant group, which was also said to be responsible for a January bombing in Istanbul that killed several tourists.

Tuesday’s attack serves as a reminder of the heightened danger associated with air travel due to recent incidents at airports and on planes.

“We are waiting for some kind of solution,” said Serdar Tatlisu, a relative of one of the victims. “We cannot cope anymore. We can’t stand still.”


Key terms

terrorism — the use of violent acts to frighten people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal

caliphate — the jurisdiction or government of a caliph, a spiritual leader of Islam, claiming succession from Muhammad

Warm up questions (before watching the video)
  1. Where is Turkey?
  2. What is terrorism?
  3. What do you know about the attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey?
Critical thinking questions (after watching the video)
  1. Why are certain places like airports targets for terrorists?
  2. How are governments working together to try to fight the Islamic State (ISIS)?
  3. Hearing about more terrorist attacks can raise a range of emotions in all of us. Who are some examples of adults in your life with whom you can speak regarding questions or concerns about terrorism?
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