In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, sociology student Aysegul Korkut listens to a question during an interview with The Associated Press at Istanbul University's Department of Literature, Istanbul, Turkey. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)
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Istanbul University student Aysegul Korkut is outraged by the images coming out of Syria.The fights are one of many signs of support for ISIS which have popped up across Istanbul, a cosmopolitan metropolis better known to tourists for its vibrant nightlife and Ottoman-era glories.A recent video showing a youth wearing one such T-shirt on Istanbul's tram sent a shiver of concern across social media.A few scattered sightings of ISIS paraphernalia in a sprawling city of 14 million people do not necessarily indicate significant support. The fights at Istanbul University suggest ISIS sympathizers aren't afraid of making their presence known.Although the ISIS was designated a terror organization last year, Turkish officials are still reluctant to use the term publicly.ISIS supporters dressed casually and with black masks and baseball caps pulled over their faces, milled around on one side, separated from a group of left-wing students by a barricade of folding tables grabbed from the science fair.Irem Meten, whose socialist student group, FKF, shot much of the video, says the men had no trouble getting into campus, even though entry requires university identification.Students from the university's women's society were busy hand painting an anti-ISIS sign.Left-wing students now go to and from campus in one large group, citing safety in numbers.
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