Whenever Turkey achieves good things recently, particularly over the past three years, it is certain to face an attack, which cannot be a coincidence. All the targets have a different message. The bloody terrorist attacks in Suruç and Ankara were aimed at politics while the Sultanahmet Square and İstiklal Avenue blasts targeted the economy through tourism. The malicious mind does not leave anything to coincidence. It seems beyond coincidence that both the PKK and DAESH, needless to mention other terrorist organizations, bomb Turkey in the same period of time. The attack at Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport on Tuesday evening is not a coincidence, either. Can such an attack be considered a coincidence at a time when Turkey is restoring relations with Israel and Russia, paving the way for the reconstruction of balance in the region?
Certainly, it is impossible to plan and carry out a large terrorist attack in a short time, but we cannot overlook the fact that terrorist organizations and powers that carry out proxy wars in the region with these organizations as instruments foresee new developments and make calculations accordingly. It is not that difficult to wake up and mobilize sleeper cells. The main question that needs an answer is why many terrorist organizations, and particularly DAESH, target Turkey. This is not a coincidence, either. World powers that turn a blind eye to the dictator Bashar Assad's murder of more than 500,000 people during the Syrian civil war have had a single objective since the beginning to prevent Turkey's influence in the region, not only because of its strength and economic size, but also humanitarian stance, historic mission and unique identity in the Islamic world.
The attack aimed to sideline Turkey's unique identity and the possibility that it might become a source of inspiration in the region. They made considerable progress, but could not succeed. Despite multifaceted attacks from inside and outside the country, Turkey has not become like Syria and has remained a safe haven in the region. Despite all kinds of provocations, it managed to re-establish relations with Israel and Russia. Naturally, this disturbs both power groups that want to redesign the region and organizations like DAESH that are an instrument for these groups.
Turkey's unique identity of being a democratic Muslim-majority country disturbs DAESH and its mentors most. Turkey's effective power is also a nightmare for the Assad regime. It is clearly seen in Syria that no one has truly fought DAESH so far. Turkey is the only country that can achieve this, and this is what truly frightens global powers that support DAESH.
DAESH's role in Syria is not yet over, but it is at the end of the line.