Targeting tourism to terrorize the world
Tourism is ISIS's biggest target and touristic sites are easy targets as you cannot assign armies to guard parks
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
This is the case in Turkey, perhaps Iraq and other areas. These are mutual aims which the Syrian regime is glad if they're achieved and which ISIS carries out. These goals also serve the interests of Hezbollah as they target the same mutual enemies. It is a trinity of blood between groups that are now involved together.
Tourism may later become a rare currency, God forbid. Tourism is ISIS's biggest target and touristic sites are easy targets as you cannot assign armies to guard parks.
This article was first published in Okaz on July 3, 2016.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.