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Turkey fixed in IS crosshairs after Istanbul attack

January 03
16:38 2017

The New Year's Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub which killed 39 people was unique in that it was claimed by IS in a formal statement, a first in TurkeyTurkey risks encountering a new level of threat on its own territory from the Islamic State (IS) group after the Istanbul nightclub attack, with the group openly targeting the country as Ankara battles the jihadists inside Syria. While IS had been blamed for several attacks in Turkey over the last year, the brutal gun attack on the Reina nightclub 75 minutes into 2017 was distinctive in its choice of target and by the clear claim issued by the jihadists. "Islamic State has clearly decided to target Turkey," Sinan Ulgen, chairman of the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy and visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, told AFP.


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