The suicide blast which rocked Turkey's main airport last week shows we've gone beyond witnessing a phase that targets popular and touristic areas. In a recent piece, fellow columnist Eyad Abu Shakra considered this a phase heading towards redrawing maps of security and unrest. Meanwhile, the Lebanese interior minister warned of explosions targeting busy touristic sites. Lebanese authorities later revealed that they thwarted dangerous explosions which were set to target prominent areas in the country.
There are mutual goals between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Syrian regime. If we look back at the audio and video evidence in the case of convicted Lebanese former minister Michel Samaha, we can see how he and an agent spoke about targeting busy areas during the holy month of Ramadan even if the victims included Sunni sheikhs or Christians as the aim was to harm Lebanon's stability.
Tourism is ISIS's biggest target and touristic sites are easy targets as you cannot assign armies to guard parksTurki Al-Dakhil