Turkey Blames Kurdish YPG for Deadly North Syria Bombing

13 killed in vehicle bombing in Tel Abyad

Turkish state media reported at least 13 killed in a vehicle bombing in the northern Syrian town of Tel Abyad, one of the towns captured in the early days of their invasion of Syrian Kurdistan.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that the dead included civilians and pro-Turkey fighters. Turkey was quick to blame the Kurdish YPG for carrying out the attack, but provided no evidence of that.

Turkey views the Kurdish YPG as a terrorist organization, and blaming them for a bombing would be an easy choice for officials. Officials further condemned the terrorists for attacking “innocent civilians,” downplaying the pro-Turkish fighters.

Kurdish officials haven’t offered a statement one way or another on the matter. Confirming the attack would mean confirming the YPG is active in the safe zone after Russia confirmed the pullout of Kurds from the safe zone.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.