The American Conservative, November 2022
Turkey has rejected the condolences of the United States in the aftermath of a bombing in Istanbul, the deadliest the country has experienced in more than five years.
The Sunday bombing on Istiklal Avenue, one of Istanbul’s most popular commercial streets, killed six and injured 81 others. The device: a bag with a small amount of TNT abandoned on the busy street. Shortly after the explosion rocked the shopping district, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the bombing was a deliberate attack, and vowed to find and punish the perpetrators. “Efforts to make Turkey and the Turkish nation surrender by terror will not reach their aim today, as they did not in the past,” Erdogan said to members of the media before departing to the Group of 20 summit hosted in Indonesia.