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How Istanbul nightclub attack was linked to Turkey’s culture war

On New Year’s Eve, many Turks, including myself, were hoping to begin a less bloody and less depressing year than 2016.

People wave Turkish flags and hold a black banner during a gathering in front of the Reina nightclub, which was attacked by a gunman, in Istanbul, Turkey January 3, 2017. The banner reads: "We will not give up! For our future". REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RTX2XC6KIt took only one hour and 15 minutes, however, for 2017 to present its first carnage.

A lone gunman, later…

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