Conspiracy theories of Turkish support for Daesh resurface post-Istanbul airport attack

Published June 29th, 2016 - 05:03 GMT
Emergency service vehicles following the June 28 attack at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (AFP/Ozan Kose)
Emergency service vehicles following the June 28 attack at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (AFP/Ozan Kose)

The death toll of Tuesday’s attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport now stands at 41, and the Turkish government says Daesh (ISIS) is the primary suspect. Turkey began conducting airstrikes against the group back in 2015, and continues to do so, but their arguably greater focus on the conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and their Syrian ally the People’s Protection Units (YPG)-which continues to be a primary enemy of Daesh-has prompted much criticism regarding

Some observers say Turkey is not doing enough to fight Daesh, instead focusing on Kurdish groups like the PKK and YPG. In extreme cases, some go as far as to say Turkey is supporting Daesh, although no compelling evidence of direct support exists. With the Istanbul airport bombing, such theories are again coming to the forefront.

Following the attack, some took to Twitter to allege Turkey brought the attack on itself.

Such theories are nothing new, as various Kurdish outlets have called Turkey a Daesh ally since at least 2015.

But no evidence exists to the hyperbolic claims. A more mainstream opinion is that Turkey has not done enough to fight Daesh, instead focusing on Kurdish groups. Some more prominent news outlets have reported on this, including The Guardian which accused Turkey of “blindness” towards Daesh in an article today.

Turkey remains a member of the US-led anti-Daesh coalition. But until Daesh is defeated, such theories-and attacks-may continue.

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