ISIS in Turkey

This article provides an in-depth analysis of the New Year’s Eve nightclub massacre in Istanbul that left 39 dead and 71 wounded. The attack was carried out by an ethnic Uzbek “sleeper operative,” born in Kyrgyzstan, on orders from his handler in Syria, with logistical support from an extensive ISIS network within Turkey. The country’s traditional focus on the Kurdish PKK may have deflected attention away from the ISIS threat, plus a purge of police and military officials has weakened its counter-terror capacity.

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