Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Istanbul Nightclub Attack As Manhunt For Gunman Continues

Tyler Durden's picture

One week after a video emerged of the Berlin Christmas market truck killer, Anis Amri, pledging allegiance to ISIS, on Monday the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly New Year’s Day terrorist attack in Istanbul that killed at least 39 people and wounded dozens more, claiming the operation had targeted Turkey in revenge for Turkish military operations against the organization in Syria, a similar justification used by the Turkish offduty policemen to assassinate the Russian ambassador in Turkey in December.

The statement was distributed by Nashir News, a channel that publishes Islamic State propaganda, and which had called for followers of the extremist group to target holiday celebrations days before the attack the WSJ reported. In the statement, the Islamic State described the Reina nightclub, where many foreigners as well as Turks were killed, as a gathering point for Christians celebrating their "apostate holiday".

"The apostate Turkish government should know that the blood of Muslims shed with airplanes and artillery fire will, with God's permission, ignite a fire in their own land," the Islamic State declaration said. There was no immediate comment from Turkish officials according to Reuters.

The jihadist group has been blamed for at least half a dozen attacks on civilian targets in Turkey over the past 18 months but, other than targeted assassinations, this is the first time it has directly claimed any of them. It made the statement on one of its Telegram channels, a method used after attacks elsewhere. Islamic State most recently killing more than 50 people in August at a wedding in Gaziantep by the Syrian border. Within days of that bombing, Turkey launched its operation inside Syria. Previously, the extremist organization struck Istanbul’s biggest airport, killing more than 40 people in June during an attack waged with bombs and firearms.

Attacks in Turkey have accelerated in recent weeks: on Dec. 10, two bombs claimed by Kurdish militants exploded outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul, killing 44 people. A security guard who survived that attack was killed at Reina. A car bomb killed at least 13 soldiers and wounded 56 when it ripped through a bus carrying off-duty military personnel in the central city of Kayseri a week later, an attack Erdogan also blamed on Kurdish militants. Islamic State's Amaq website said the group was behind a car bomb attack that killed 11 people and wounded 100 in the city of Diyarbakir in November, but Turkish authorities denied this and said Kurdish militants carried out the attack. The Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot dead as he gave a speech in Ankara on Dec. 19 by an off-duty police officer who shouted "Don't forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar."

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Meanwhile, on Monday the Turkish police continued the manhunt for the suspected gunman behind the Istanbul nightclub shooting. The lone attacker sprayed bullets into a crowd of revelers who had come from across the Middle East and elsewhere to celebrate at the Reina, a cosmopolitan party spot overlooking the Bosporus.

The attacker was believed to have taken a taxi from the southern Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul and, because of the busy traffic, got out and walked the last four minutes to the entrance of the nightclub, newspaper Haberturk said. He pulled his Kalashnikov rifle from a suitcase at the side of the road, opened fire on those at the door, then threw two hand grenades after entering, Turkey's Haberturk said. It said six empty magazines were found at the scene and that he was estimated to have fired at least 180 bullets.

On Sunday afternoon, surveillance footage appeared to show the suspect behind Sunday's attack on an Istanbul nightclub opening fire at the entrance.

Security services had been on alert across Europe for new year celebrations following an attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 people. Only days ago, an online message from a pro-Islamic State group called for attacks by "lone wolves" on "celebrations, gatherings and clubs".

In a statement hours after the shooting, President Tayyip Erdogan said such attacks aimed to create chaos and destabilize the country. Additionally, the government, in what has become an increasingly routine step, has imposed a media ban on coverage of the attack, prohibiting reporting of information other than what is released by authorities.

In Syria, rebels backed by Turkey’s armed forces have been taking over territory previously held by Islamic State, helping Ankara with its goal of establishing a safe zone for opposition forces while also clearing the porous Turkish border of extremist militants.

In its statement, disseminated in Arabic and Turkish, Islamic State said “let the apostate government of Turkey know that the blood of Muslims being shed through the shelling of its warplanes and artillery will inflame a fire in the middle of [Turkey] God willing.”

Moments ago, the Turkish polish said that its has detained eight people in connection with the istanbul attack however the gunman is said not to be among those in custody.

Police distributed a hazy black-and-white photo of the alleged gunman taken from security footage.He is described as having "wide eyes and wide cheekbones" which dominate his face.

The authorities believe the attacker may be from a Central Asian nation and suspect he had links to Islamic State, the Hurriyet newspaper said. It said he may be from the same cell responsible for a gun-and-bomb attack on Istanbul's main airport in June, in which 45 people were killed and hundreds wounded.

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apadictionary's picture

oh my! i totally did not expect that.

Ignatius's picture

If we just coulda gotten this guy laid in high school none of this had to happen...


SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Turkish Lives Matter


Sincerely, Tayyip

xythras's picture

How cucked those people are?

In Poland they don't just write in chalk and bring flowers, they will soon start lynching

Polish people trash TWO kebab shops run by killer migrants


HowdyDoody's picture

So, ISIS, a US proxy force, is attempting to destabilise Turkey, a NATO member. Will NATO declare war on itself, in the ultimate MIC circle jerk?

The shark has been jumped by a snake that is eating its own tail.

BTW didn't early reports state multiple gunmen? Just like Bataclan?

back to basics's picture

You nailed it. A lot of supposedly screwed posters on here have missed the forest because of the tree.

Bay Area Guy's picture

Yeah. Initial reports I heard were multiple gunmen, all dressed as Santa Claus. Downgraded to one guy wearing a Santa cap and firing a shitload of bullets in a very short time.

Skateboarder's picture

ALL of these see-aye-eh? events start out with multi-thug bad guys as reported by aye-witnesses, then everything boils down to one lone patsy summabitch. Fvckin disgusting.

fleur de lis's picture

That was a Langley Tel Aviv job if ever there was one.

Wild Islamics are too hot-headed and stupid to remain cool and remember all those steps during a takedown.

No way could a wild Islamic take out a cop at the door, take out 60+ customers inside, change clothes, and make a clean getaway.


The Langley Tel Aviv twins are at it again.



fattail's picture

I'm not going to believe anything until they kill the perpetrator and find his syrian passport under the seat of his stolen car.

HowdyDoody's picture

A perfectly preserved passport in a burnt-out car, natch.


Implied Violins's picture

...and the body burned to a crisp, unidentifiable except for the lone right index finger, the fingerprint of which is a perfect match for the passport - and the ink on it is still running.

sun tzu's picture

0bozo the Assclown says Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam

Freddie's picture

Funny how Rita Katz always has ISIS videos before anyone.

ISIS = Deep State/See Eye Aeeh/MIC/NeoCons/IDF

max_leering's picture

actually it's side-splitting hilarious that Rita 'the Zionist Shrill' is so "in the loop"

Daesh/ISIL/ISIS/IS- Proudly made in the USA, in Langley, VA

Inventors- Obama/Biden/N'Yahoo/erDOGan/CImossAd

HowdyDoody's picture

Given the NSA records everything, perhaps they can tell us how she does it. And while they are it , they can tell us how a set of director's cuts ended up on McCain's mobile  phone - or was it the phone of his assistant?

de3de8's picture

Need to get CSI on the case to magically enhance that image.

mvsjcl's picture

Should be easy to find with that unibrow.

navy62802's picture

I know ... a plot twist. lol

nmewn's picture

Three guesses as to what the gunman shouted as he opened fire and I think we can go ahead and rule out...

...Happy New Year! 

Never One Roach's picture

Hillary and Soweeto still refuse to say the words, "islamic terrorist."

Glad she lost by a landslide. One sentence New Year's resolution:


"Lock her up!"

nmewn's picture

They've become the complete parody of"We are still trying to ascertain the motive behind these horrific crimes!"  

Meanwhile, Putin is killing the fuck out of them, no excuses, no remorse.

CheapBastard's picture

They "suspect the attacker has links to islamic state."



Almost as idiotic as Soteeto bin Bama saying, "I have isis on the run" as isis blows people to smitherines in Europe or shoots them dead in Orlando, San Bernardino, etc.....


He mistook the club for a snackbar, i think. Easy mistake to make.

nmewn's picture

lol...allah's snackbar!

groaner's picture
groaner (not verified) apadictionary Jan 2, 2017 11:15 AM

Anyone notice how the bullets fired made sparks? Totally fake, fake. 

We are going to see a lot more of this crap. The Bolsheviks want to kill the majority of us and just leave enough for real slaves.

I have news for them.. Jehovah has other plans for this evil and will end it.


groaner's picture
groaner (not verified) groaner Jan 2, 2017 12:16 PM

Morris hits the nail on the head.

SallySnyd's picture

Here is a very interesting look at how Israel feels that ISIS should be handled:


Apparently terrorism is fine as long as it doesn't directly impact Israel.

jeff montanye's picture

excellent link.  particularly like the name of the think tank: begin sadat.  their different life paths after becoming nobel laureates says much about israel and its desire for peace.  this excerpt i found particularly telling:

"The West yearns for stability, and holds out a naive hope that the military defeat of IS will be instrumental in reaching that goal. But stability is not a value in and of itself. It is desirable only if it serves our interests. The defeat of IS would encourage Iranian hegemony in the region, buttress Russia’s role, and prolong Assad’s tyranny. Tehran, Moscow, and Damascus do not share our democratic values and have little inclination to help America and the West."

israel's democratic values include endless (fifty years and counting) persecution, humiliation and murder of palestinians in their land illegally obtained by military conquest (rated hanging at nuremberg) while never, ever even considering giving them a vote in israeli politics which determines their fate on a daily basis.

imo tehran moscow and damascus, even after all we have done to them, would be likelier to help the u.s. than israel would.  bust 9-11 and see what real hope and change looks like.

Wahooo's picture

These guys are nothing but plagiarists. They take credit for everything. Must be ziocons.

navy62802's picture

Prolly just some lone woofs.

Jack Oliver's picture

They are just a bunch of lonely guys - trying to make their 'mark' on this world !

They need professional 'THERAPY' !!!

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

Simple:  ban nightclubs ........

and.... large trucks, guns, knives, baseball bats, steel-toed boots, scissors, box cutters, fists, harsh language, maybe even ban the air we breathe?


nmewn's picture

They only want to ban one specific part of the air we breathe, they probably want to tax the other

mvsjcl's picture

They just want to tax the carbon; the nitrogen and oxygen we can breathe for free. Swell chaps, eh?

Overdrawn's picture

Almost all terrorism is tactical, deployed by more-or-less state-sponsored military professionals to achieve strategic ends. So if you want to know who is really behind the latest terrorist outrage, always start with the question cui bono, “who gains?”

One purpose of the attack was to punish Erdogan and Turkey for breaking ranks with NATO and pushing through the recent Syria peace initiative with Russia and Iran. The neocon-Zionist-hardliner wing of NATO has been furious with Erdogan since he went off the reservation on Syria last year; that’s why they used the Gladio network, and its CIA-Mossad asset Fethullah Gulen, to try to overthrow Erdogan in the failed coup attempt.

The New Year’s Eve terror attack happened just 48 hours after the U.N. backed the Russia-Iran-Turkey peace initiative. Obviously NATO was unhappy that it was sidelined; and even unhappier that it has lost the war.

man of Wool's picture

Will Turkey stop buying their oil?

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Let me think for a minute, its a difficult conundrum? No!

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

yes but given dwindling supply post Ivan's efforts - they may not be sending the excess through to Israel anymore.

HowdyDoody's picture

Turkey just got a cut on the sales. The actual sales are/were managed by a Greek-Israeli middleman.


Mr. Crisp's picture

Well, at least ISIS didn't meddle in our elections. Then we'd have to punish them.

A. Boaty's picture

Keep fear alive!

Knob Creek's picture

At least the dog made it out

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

isis = the us, israel, and saudi

at issue is if and to what extent Erdogan is now actually making it harder for them to rearm their takfiri psychos.

apropos of little:

'“Dancing Israelis” refers to a widely discredited conspiracy theory that five Israeli men were arrested in New Jersey on September 11, 2001, after being seen celebrating the terror attack.'"

widely discredited by the ADL maybe - not by anyone with the capacity to be honest...

ffs they even tried to sue the us government.

nevertheless's picture

Exactly, and those who focus on the migrants are "useful idiots" or Zionist hasbara. 


Also a great link that connects Zionism to terrorism:


The Zionist who control the west, push western powers to destroy Middle East nations, driving migrants north, at which time the Zionist use their media to hype up the "Muslim migration crisis". 


Many people of the west get it, but you will never hear that because the Zionist media ONLY allows us to hear from racist useful idiots who forget about the destruction of the Middle East, and JUST focus on the migration. 


To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

America, UK, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar, take full responsibility.  Sorry, I meant to say ISIS takes responsibility.

HowdyDoody's picture

Are we talkng the ISIS Langley franchise, the ISIS London franchise or the ISIS Tel Aviv franchise?