Turkish officials believe the three radical Islamic terrorists involved in the attack on the Ataturk International Airport had close ties to ISIS leadership. The three men came to Turkey from an ISIS stronghold in Raqqa, Syria a month ago, armed with the suicide vests that would be used in the attack.
The terrorists, now identified as individuals from Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan, attacked the airport on the night of June 28, opening fire on civilians and eventually detonating their suicide vests. The attack left 43 people dead and 239 injured. Turkish authorities have detained 22 people in connection to the terrorist attack.
Footage inside Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey
The attack on the Ataturk International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, echoes the recent terror attacks in Brussels and Orlando. Hundreds of victims have been killed and injured in these three radical Islamic terror attacks alone. The ability of ISIS's leadership to direct and inspire the murder of innocent civilians means that more attacks are, unfortunately, highly likely.
Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey
Radical Islamic terrorism threatens the safety of people in the United States and across the world. It is time that Americans take a stand against this terror and command our leaders to make the defeat of ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism a priority. The battle against radical Islamic terrorism is crucial to secure the safety of the U.S. and the world.
The FBI is currently pursuing over 900 ISIS-related investigations in the United States. The time to stand up against radical Islamic terrorism is now!