These Attacks Happened Days Before Brussels — But You Probably Didn’t Hear About Them


The city of Brussels was rocked by explosions Tuesday morning, leaving at least 30 people dead and 230 injured. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack which came just days after Paris massacre suspect Salah Abdeslam was apprehended in the Molenbeek district of Brussels. The most recent spasm of European violence has already sent ripples of grief in media and Facebook feeds around the world. Just days before all this, however, there were actually not one, but two bombings you may not have heard about — both in Turkey.
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On March 13, a car bomb in the capital city of Ankara exploded leaving at least 37 people dead and more than 100 injured, according to the Turkish health ministry. On Saturday, an ISIS-connected suicide bomber killed at least four in a busy tourist area in Istanbul.
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But people are asking, where is the show of global solidarity for Ankara that there was for Paris, and there is right now for Brussels?

Or, in the words of Facebook user and Ankara resident James Taylor on the day his city was attacked: “You were Charlie, you were Paris. Will you be Ankara?”
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In fact, the global reaction to Turkey’s deadly violence has been so muted that some people online felt compelled to speak out, some last week and some after Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels.