On June 29, the city of Fallujah in Iraq was hit with a series of fatal strikes against the Islamic State, led by a U.S. coalition aircraft, killing more than 250 ISIS soldiers (video below).
The strikes came less than 24 hours after the Ataturk Airport bombing in Istanbul, Turkey, which left 42 dead and hundreds injured.
Turkey blamed the attack on ISIS. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that “the evidence points to '[ISIS]'.”
One U.S. official mentioned an initial estimate of 40 vehicles destroyed and at least 250 suspected fighters killed. If those figures are correct, the strike would be one of the most deadly hits against the jihadist group in history.
However, no one has come forward to claim responsibility for the airport attack. Turkey has long been accused of complacency toward ISIS, according to Daily Mail.
Speaking at an iftar, which is a meal to break the fast during the month of Ramadan, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ISIS is seeking to hinder Turkey's ambitions, which include becoming one of the world's 10 strongest economies and also building the world's largest airport.
But Erdogan said that his country will overcome the terrorist organization as well as Kurdish rebels.
Erdogan said the attackers “have prepared their place in hell.”
He also thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama for offering their condolences.
CIA chief John Brennan told a forum in Washington that the Turkey attack had the markings of the Islamic State “depravity.”
Brennan said that fighting the terrorist group and its capability to provoke attacks was a long, hard road.
“We've made, I think, some significant progress, along with our coalition partners, in Syria and Iraq, where most of the ISIS members are resident right now,” Brennan said.
“But ISIS' ability to continue to propagate its narrative, as well as to incite and carry out these attacks -- I think we still have a ways to go before we're able to say that we have made some significant progress against them.”