Trading Claims and Blame in the Ankara Bombing

MIN READFeb 18, 2016 | 19:50 GMT

Turkish army service buses burn after an explosion on Feb. 17, in Ankara, Turkey. Turkish authorities blamed Kurdish groups for the attack.


The Turkish government has directly implicated the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its militia, the People's Protection Units (YPG), in a Feb. 17 bombing, which left 28 dead and dozens injured in downtown Ankara. It is clear that the Turkish government is trying to use the terrorist attack to fortify its long-standing international message that the PYD and YPG are terrorist groups and should be treated as such. However, Ankara's efforts are not going to fundamentally change the United States' position on Syria's Kurdish groups. ...

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