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Terror Attack in Istanbul

TatinGTatinG 7274 replies119 threads Senior Member
Terror attacks are happening on a monthly basis. 36 dead, 147 injured. So common that hours later there hasn't been a thread star
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  • TatinGTatinG 7274 replies119 threads Senior Member
    edited June 2016
    *started until Now
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 41318 replies479 threads Senior Member
    I was too busy to start a thread because I was trying to find out when (and if) my sister would be flying through that airport!!!!

    My heart goes out to the victims. So senseless and so sad.
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  • InfinityManInfinityMan 446 replies4 threads Member
    If you saw the (NSFW) videos oc the attacks, you see how absolutely heroic the cops are.

    @VaBluebird I hope she's safe. Let us know
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  • InfinityManInfinityMan 446 replies4 threads Member
    sorry meant @BunsenBurner
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 41318 replies479 threads Senior Member
    edited June 2016
    BBC reporter is reporting from a plane on the tramack of the Ataturk airport:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36658187
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  • emilybeeemilybee 14770 replies41 threads Senior Member
    "Terror attacks are happening on a monthly basis. 36 dead, 147 injured. So common that hours later there hasn't been a thread star."

    Meh. Nothing can be done about it so just need to get use to it like we do mass shootings that happen on a weekly basis here.

    Thoughts and prayers for the victims.

    BB, glad your sister is ok.
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  • greenwitchgreenwitch 9286 replies42 threads Senior Member
    I have a friend who is a travel writer who landed in Istanbul an hour or two before the attacks. Very scary! But it could be anywhere couldn't it.
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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes 34216 replies770 threads Senior Member
    I was browsing for plane tickets to England when we saw the news break. My mom goes "You sure you want to go?" Yes. We can't put our lives on hold.

    Terror attacks happen literally daily. We just don't give a hoot about them unless they're on US or European soil. People in the Middle East and Africa being killed in droves? Meh.

    I do hope the injured recover.
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  • TatinGTatinG 7274 replies119 threads Senior Member
    The attention depends on where the TV cameras go.

    The only thing an individual can do is avoid crowds as much as possible.
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  • SnowybunySnowybuny 234 replies12 threads Junior Member
    One of my friends lives in Istanbul and I have an acquaintance who also lives there. Thankfully both are safe. It's unbelievable how many terrorist attacks have occurred in Turkey this past year and how quickly they're forgotten by most people here.
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threads Senior Member
    My youngest is thinking about traveling after graduation (I agreed to give her some money for it, since she decided not to study or take a school trip abroad). She initially said she wanted to go to Turkey -- no way given the last year's events.
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  • capcap 967 replies17 threads Member
    I must admit that I am glad my daughter is no longer living in Turkey. She was in Ankara, but still....
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 41318 replies479 threads Senior Member
    The BBC article has a list of the major attacks that happened there in the past 2 years. It is quite a long list:

    Major recent attacks:

    2016
    7 June, Istanbul: Car bomb kills seven police officers and four civilians. Claimed by Kurdish militant group TAK
    19 March, Istanbul: Suicide bomb kills four people in shopping street. IS blamed.
    13 March, Ankara: Car bomb kills 34. Claimed by TAK.
    17 February, Ankara: 29 killed in attack on military busses. Claimed by TAK
    12 January, Istanbul: 11 Germans killed by Syrian bomber in tourist area
    2015
    23 December, Istanbul: Bomb kills cleaner at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport. Claimed by TAK
    10 October, Ankara: More than 100 killed at peace rally outside railway station. Claimed by IS
    20 July, Suruc, near Syrian border: 34 people killed in bombing in Kurdish town. IS blamed
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  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 14268 replies297 threads Senior Member
    I wonder how this recent rash of attacks affects Turkey's bid to join the EU?


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  • LasMaLasMa 10768 replies138 threads Senior Member
    The only thing an individual can do is avoid crowds as much as possible.

    This is what we used to call "the terrorists winning."
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  • yauponreduxyauponredux 821 replies27 threads Member
    The 22-year-old of dear friends flew out of Istanbul just hours before the attack. Same kid was in Boston for the marathon bombing. Parents are grateful but still freaked out.
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  • uskoolfishuskoolfish 2908 replies50 threads Senior Member
    I've considered saying to my family, "let's put a hold on travel"... but then I remembered that my husband commutes to Penn Station everyday (at least those days that he is not flying all over for his job.) Oh and there's the issue that we also have an apartment in NYC and my daughters live there ... taking the subway everyday and passing by soft targets like Grand Central Station, Union Square and Washington Square Park almost daily. And we are a block from the High Line, another vulnerable area.

    So I'll hold my breath when youngest D travels home from Rome on Thursday ... but I can't hold my breath everyday and try not to think about it.
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 41318 replies479 threads Senior Member
    Interestingly, Mr. Putin made a step forward and "forgave" Turkey after its President apologized.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/28/world/europe/russia-turkey-erdogan-putin.html?_r=0

    Hmmm...
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