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Extra! Istanbul Hit By Another Terrorist Attack

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Hürriyet, June 29

"We Curse You," read Wednesday morning's front-page headline of Turkish daily Hürriyet, after a terrorist attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport killed dozens.

The latest toll stood at 36 people killed and 147 wounded after the Tuesday night attack, reportedly carried out by three suicide bombers. Hürriyet reports that one of the terrorists blew himself up outside the international arrivals terminal, while the other two attackers took advantage of the ensuing chaos to open up fire inside the terminal, before blowing themselves up as well.

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said that they knew which terrorist organization was responsible of the attack based on the early signs, but that they still needed to confirm. Turkish media was reporting that authorities believe the Islamic terror group ISIS carried out the assault. It is the latest in a series of terrorist attacks in Turkey, some of which have been perpetrated by ISIS, and others by the Kurdish PKK organization.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attackers. "I hope that this attack will be a turning point, a milestone for the joint fight against terrorist organizations, especially in Western countries and all over the world," he said.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport, one of the busiest in the world, was closed immediately after the attacks for several hours, and flights were diverted to other cities. The customs control reopened Wednesday morning, and the airport is back in business ever since.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

How Biden's Mideast Stance Weakens Israel And Emboldens Iran

The West's decision to pressure Israel over Gaza, and indulge Iran's violent and troublesome regime, follows the U.S. Democrats' line with the Middle East: just keep us out of your murderous affairs.

Photo of demonstration against U.S President Joe Biden in Iran

Demonstration against U.S President Joe Biden in Iran.

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The Israeli government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is weak both structurally and for its dismal popularity level, which has made it take some contradictory, or erratic, decisions in its war against Hamas in Gaza.

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Other factors influencing its decisions include the pressures of the families of Hamas hostages, and the U.S. administration's lukewarm support for this government and entirely reactive response to the military provocations and "hit-and-run" incidents orchestrated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies, which include Hamas. Israel has also failed to mobilize international opinion behind its war on regional terrorism, in what might be termed a full-blown public relations disaster.

The administration led by President Joe Biden has, by repeating the Democrats' favored, and some might say feeble, policy of appeasing Iran's revolutionary regime, duly nullified the effects of Western sanctions imposed on that regime. By delisting its proxies, the Houthis of Yemen, as terrorists, the administration has allowed them to devote their energies to firing drones and missiles across the Red Sea and even indulging in piracy. The general picture is of a moment of pitiful weakness for the West, in which Iran and other members of the Axis - of Evil or Resistance, take your pick - are daily cocking a snook at the Western powers.

You wonder: how could the United States, given its military and technological resources, fail to spot tankers smuggling out banned Iranian oil through the Persian Gulf to finance the regime's foreign entanglements, while Iran is able to track Israeli-owned ships as far aways as the Indian Ocean? The answer, rather simply, lies in the Biden administration's decision to indulge the ayatollahs and hope for the best.

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