Europe's East

Terror Continues in Polarized Turkey


By Ozgur Unluhisarcikli

Turkey has experienced numerous terror attacks in 2016. The self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), which is a splinter group within PKK, separately conducted 29 terror attacks that have killed 377 people and wounded 1,648. Like the rest of the world, Turks were celebrating the end of 2016, in hopes that 2017 would be better. But optimism quickly faded during the first hours of the New Year when an ISIL-affiliated terrorist attacked a high-end nightclub on the Bosphorus killing 39 Turkish citizens and foreign visitors and wounding 65 others.

ERR interview: 'Every credible member of U.S. Congress, Senate' views Putin as threat, says McCain

In a video interview with ERR on Tuesday, U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., admitted that while he would give the latter a chance to explain himself, he had concerns regarding President-elect Donald Trump's Secretary of State pick Rex Tillerson's dealings with the Russians as head of Exxon Mobil Corp. He also asserted that every credible member of Congress he knew saw Russian President Vladimir Putin "for what he is: a thug and a bully and a KGB agent."