Within hours of the deadly assault on Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport, analysts and experts were looking for someone to blame. Most cited lapses in airport security or Turkey’s precarious situation given the long-standing conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
The threat faced by Turkey from the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) is real. Major attacks in Turkey attributed to ISIS have killed some 150 people in the past 12 months. Rocket attacks from ISIS-held territory into Turkish border towns are frequent. ISIS did not officially claim responsibility for Tuesday’s attack, but the Turkish authorities pointed the finger.