Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Turkey Pays the Price as IS Switches Tactics

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Turkey Pays the Price as IS Switches Tactics

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Byline: Robert Fox Defence Editor commentary

IT WAS clear from the start that the gunman who slaughtered 39 in the Reina nightclub had received military training.

He managed to shoot his way in and fire off about 180 rounds before vanishing with fleeing revellers. This would require reloading several times, a difficult manoeuvre that requires skill. So the news that the suspect saw combat with Islamic State in Syria comes as no surprise.

According to Turkish authorities, the man came from the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan though the country has denied this.

IS propaganda on social media warned: "The government of Turkey should know that the blood of Muslims ... will cause a fire in its home and by God's will."

It points to a major shift of strategy by IS. It seems less keen on establishing a physical state in Syria and Iraq as its hold on centres such as Raqqa and Mosul comes under pressure. Attempts to build a branch of the caliphate in Libya are teetering on the edge of failure. …

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