Obama blames ISIS for Istanbul attack

Obama blames ISIS for Istanbul attack
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President Obama on Wednesday indicated that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was behind the deadly terrorist attack at Istanbul’s international airport. 
Speaking at a North American leaders’ summit in Canada, Obama called Tuesday's bombings “an indication of how little these vicious organizations have to offer beyond killing innocents.”
"We stand with the people of Turkey and we intend to do what's necessary to make sure these kinds of terrible events are not happening," he said. 
The president said he spoke by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “to reaffirm our strong commitment to partner with Turkey, with NATO, with the broad based alliance that we have structured around the world to fight ISIL,” the administration’s preferred acronym for the group.
"They're continually losing ground, unable to govern those areas that they have taken over,” Obama added. 
“They're going to be defeated in Syria, they're going to be defeated in Iraq. ... We will not rest until we have dismantled these networks of hate that have had an impact on the entire civilized world." 
Obama’s comments are the clearest sign yet that ISIS was behind the strike at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport on Tuesday night.
No organization has yet taken credit for the attack, which killed at least 40 people and left more than 200 wounded. 
But Turkish and U.S. officials have suggested that ISIS or an affiliated group could be responsible, pointing out the tactics and target were similar to a strike on the Brussels airport and a nearby subway station in March. 
ISIS claimed responsibility for that attack, which killed 32 and left more than 300 injured. 
Two attackers opened fire soon after entering the international terminal in Istanbul. They set off suicide bombs after being engaged by police. A third suspect detonated an explosive device in a parking lot. 
Turkey has faced an uptick in violence perpetrated by ISIS ever since it joined the U.S.-led coalition fighting the group in Iraq and Syria. 
But at the same time, it has battled Kurdish separatists in the southern part of the country. A Kurdish group took responsibility for a March car bombing in Ankara that killed 37 people.