Turkey Blames Kurdish YPG for North Syria Car Bombing

18 killed in bombing near bus station

A weekend car bombing in the border town of al-Bab, in Syria’s Aleppo Province, killed at least 18 people and wounded 30 others. Turkish Defense Ministry officials are reporting that the attack was carried out by Kurdish YPG, though there has been no claim of responsibility from that group or any other.

The car bomb detonated in the town in a crowded area near the bus station. In addition to casualties, it also reportedly did damage to nearby vehicles and buildings.  Videos showed damage to minibuses in the station.

Turkish officials are, as expected, eager to blame the Kurds for the attack, and are trying to present this as an ISIS-style terror attack that vindicates their long-standing claim that the YPG are basically the same as ISIS. The defense ministry reported a “suspect” from the YPG was also captured after the attack.

So far there has been no evidence of the YPG being behind the attack, and its convenience to the Turkish government’s narrative clearly raise doubts about their quick assigning of blame.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.