Turkey is in a state of extreme grief and mourning. With 239 injured and 41 dead, 13 of those individuals being foreign nationals, the country has suffered a drastic tragedy.
According to BBC News, “Three attackers arrived in a taxi and began firing at the terminal entrance late on Tuesday. They blew themselves up after police fired back.” The Dogan news reports that they are still awaiting the autopsies of the three killers to confirm if they are foreign nationals or not.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both had different approaches to the terrorist attack which are laid out in their foreign policy responses.
“Terrorists have struck again in the heart of one of our NATO allies. Today’s attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world. And it reminds us that the United States cannot retreat,” Clinton said to Independent.
Clinton is determined to stand united as a nation and campaign against the utter hatred of these terrorist groups. The Democratic presidential-nominee is not looking to retreat, but to invest in the nation’s allies in the Middle East and Europe.
While Clinton is empowered to defend the nation’s ally, Trump is in support of protecting the homeland.
“There’s something going on that’s really, really bad. We better get smart and we better get tough or we’re not going to have much of a country left,” Trump said. Trump is focused on increasing and improving security to preserve America’s safety.
Istanbul’s International Airport is a popular destination and transit point for Americans and Europeans. As Turkey picks up the pieces and an international community attempts to confront the brutal reality of regular terrorism, we can only hope that there won’t be more attacks in the near future.
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