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Turkey Arrests 14 Over Ankara Bombing; Leaders Blame Kurdish Groups

Turkey Arrests 14 Over Ankara Bombing; Leaders Blame Kurdish Groups

Turkey is concerned that the YPG is trying to create an autonomous region in northern Syria on its southern border.

Turkey invited ambassadors from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany, the Netherlands and an European Union delegation to the Foreign Ministry to inform them about the bombing, according to a Turkish official.

"This process will help our friends - who we could not convince so far - better understand how strong the links are between the PYD and YPG in northern Syria with the PKK in Turkey", said Erdogan. The YPG, a valuable ground force against the Islamic State, is being supported by Washington and bombarded by Ankara. On Wednesday, the U.S.-backed group known as the Syria Democratic Forces launched an offensive to try to reach Shaddadeh, a major Islamic State group stronghold in Syria's northeastern Hassakeh province, which borders Iraq.

Following Wednesday's bombing, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cancelled a scheduled visit to Azerbaijan and vowed that the country was more determined than ever to use its right to self-defence.

Turkey considers the YPG an off-shoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is fighting Turkish security forces in the country's Kurdish areas. The fact that the political wing of the PKK, the HDP, refused on Thursday to sign a joint statement of all Turkish parties condemning the Ankara attacks only reinforces the Turkish suspicions.

Ahmet Davutoglu also told reporters Thursday that Syria's government, which he accused of backing Syrian Kurdish militias, is also to blame. The U.S. already lists the PKK as a terror group.

Thursday morning's attack - the day after the Ankara bombing that killed 28 people, mainly soldiers - brought no immediate claim of responsibility.

"We strongly condemn this cowardly attack which appears to have targeted buses carrying Turkish military personnel".

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Salih Muslim, leader of the YPD, denied his group were behind the Ankara attack.

The U.S. has rejected Turkish pressure to brand those Kurdish groups as terrorists.

It has additionally been battling PKK militants in its personal southeast the place a 2-1/2 yr ceasefire collapsed final July, plunging the area into its worst violence because the Nineteen Nineties. He also confirmed the man who denoted the bomb was a Syrian national. At least 28 people were killed and 61 injured.

SDF called upon the global community to intensify its efforts in fighting terrorism in order "to uproot it".

Second, the official narrative strengthens Turkey's argument for continuing to exclude the PYD from the Syrian peace talks in Geneva, due to resume next week.

Turkey's military said that its jets struck Kurdish rebel positions across the border in northern Iraq in retaliation.

"They came from [neighbouring] Idlib province and western Aleppo, entered Turkey through [Idlib's] Atme, and reentered Syria through Bab Al Salama", observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.


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