Once again fear struck the heart of humanity as yet another terror atrocity occurred, this time on Tuesday at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul Turkey where at least 36 people were killed and over 140 injured. The blood-soaked triple-bomb assault brings home the grim new reality facing the global community today. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim indicated that the attacks were orchestrated by ISIS, with one official noting that the bombing bore the hallmarks of the terror group. Syria, bordering Turkey, has long been a hub and transition point for ISIS to fan out to other areas of Europe in order to carry out its attacks.
The Syrian Civil War has experienced continued escalation since the spring of 2011. The country has had a long and steady ongoing conflict stemming from mass dissatisfaction with President Bashar Al-Sahad. Although there have been international interventions, there is still a considerable amount of revolution, mass protests, armed rebellion, untold amount of casualties including babies and children, and famine. Tunisia’s initiation of the Arab Spring sparked a revolutionary wave of populous uprisings in the Middle East due to widespread discontent with their governments. The vacuum created in Syria due to the war allowed the rise of one of the bloodiest terrorist groups in modern history: ISIS
As a result of the internal strife, Europe has experienced a huge influx of refugees and migrants leaving Syria in hopes of escaping the violence. Approximately 10.9 million Syrians have been displaced as a result of the civil war, amounting to almost half of the population. Although the journey to Europe has proven to be extremely treacherous with many drowning on makeshift rafts, fearing for their lives, starvation, and ISIS militants, the refugees still choose to tempt fate and make the journey to a new and uncertain future.
With many refugees looking for a new place to call home, there have been conflicts taking place across a wide range of European cities. There have been altercations reported in Sweden, Germany, and Romania including alleged stolen identities, burglaries, and more. In addition to rumors of black market weapons deals taking place throughout Syria for funds to fund war activities, some of the rebel groups have turned to kidnapping, theft, and extortion; much of this has taken place outside of the Syrian borders.
ISIS has also utilized the war in Syria as a way of propagating its agenda, planning global terrorist attacks and emphasizing its dark and deadly stake in a new world of unparalleled violence symbolized by its ominous black flag. Aside from World War II, there seems to have never been a time of more global turmoil in recent history than since the eruption of the Arab Spring and the ensuing domino effect that is being felt in all the continents.