Friday, February 24, 2017

Car Bombs (2) Kills Dozens Near al- Bab: A Response to the Capture?

Make that 2 car bombs- Update at the bottom

In yesterday's post addressing the news of al- Bab's capture,  Why Does Turkey’s Capture of Syria’s Al Bab Matter? I inquired about the possible US response to this capture

" Credible reports indicate ISIS has been evicted from Al Bab by Turkish soldiers and the rebels they back.  Turkey began Operation Euphrates Shield with the intent to  block the  PKK/YPG Kurds from joining their cantons.. They have succeeded so far.  If they move towards Manbij what will the US do? How will they react?"

Even going so far as to leave a comment wondering how the US will respond
Wasn't going to do another post, but, this had to be mentioned- It will be interesting to see how the Trump administration responds to this.
Were today's car bombings the response? Coming just one day after the capture. One day!
If so the US and company are displeased that Turkish backed rebels and troops have taken al-Bab. Who did the bombings target?

from DW
 A car bomb killed as many as 60 people and wounded dozens more Friday in northwestern Syria, Turkish state media and activist groups said.
The attack killed between 53 and 60 people in Sousian village, according to activist groups Aleppo Media Center and the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The groups said ISIS militants were believed to be behind the attack. 
Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported that 60 people were killed and at least 100 others wounded, adding that the car bomb targeted a security building for the Free Syrian Army, an association of rebel groups fighting ISIS. 
Dozens of injured Syrians are being treated at a hospital across the border in the Turkish town of Kilis, Anadolu said.

Thirty-three of those killed in the blast have been identified, said Barry Abdullatif, founder of media activist group al-Bab City Coordination.
There were multiple reports Thursday that Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army rebels had pushed ISIS out of the area, specifically from the key town of al-Bab along the Turkey-Syria border. Sousian village is a few miles from al-Bab.
Al-Bab is ISIS' last significant holdout north of the terror group's de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria.

A still image taken from a video posted on social media uploaded on Feb. 24, 2017, shows people inspecting the damage at a site of an Islamic State car bomb explosion, said to be in Sousian village near al-Bab, Syria. TIME
Al Jaz- Suicide bomber targets checkpoint outside key city after it was captured by Turkish-backed rebels a day earlier.

  Turkish-backed forces made advances into the town earlier this month. The town's remaining jihadist-held areas thus came under siege as the Syrian army had approached al-Bab from the south, cutting off militant retreat routes.

Turkish/ Syrian tag teaming was discussed in this previous post:

What's At Stake In Battle For Al-Bab? Turkish/Syrian Cooperation  

Info taken from two sources:

 "The Aleppo-Manbij road, to the south of al-Bab, may function as the border between the Syrian Army and Euphrates Shield forces: al-Bab, Bizaa and Qabasin will be occupied by Turkey and Turkish-backed rebels, while the Syrian army will be satisfied with Tadif "
"After liberating Tadif, the Syrian army will not enter al-Bab. The Syrian military agreed with Turkey on a demarcation line with pro-Turkish forces (the Turkish army and pro-Turkish militant groups).
“As a result of the advance, the Syrian government forces have reached a demarcation line with the Free Syrian Army’s units as it had been agreed with the Turkish side.”
 I would call today's suicide bombings the Trump administration response 

Update regarding 2nd Car Bomb 

10:35 am EST

Two car bomb attacks near the northern Syrian town of al Bab have killed at least 68 people.
The second car bomb left at least eight dead in Sousian, according to Syrian opposition activists.
Mohammed al Tawil, a leading Syrian opposition fighter, told the Associated Press: "These people have suffered a lot."
"They have been waiting for this moment [to return home]."
Sputnik- Second Explosion in One Day Occurs Near Al-Bab Amid Turkish-Led Op Victory
A second explosion on Friday occurred near the Syrian city of al-Bab as Turkey-led forces established full control of the city.

Should we expect car bombings this week end in Turkey?


  1. Car bombs are like a "business card" left at an address. All over the world, they are always done by the "usual suspects".

    1. I was speculating just this type of response yesterday when it was announced that ISIS had been ousted by Turkish soldiers and their rebels

      This could be move to guarantee Turkish rebels etc are stuck in al bab?
      Grind them down.

      All kinds of thoughts run through my mind

    2. The US has been attacking Turkish troops and their proxies since the op started.
      However, Russia and Syria want the Turkish presence for now, so I don't see how the US can evict Turkish forces.

    3. Hi Rescue: It does seem that Syria and Russia are ok with the presence of these Turkish backed forces at this time

      I don't think the US would overtly evict them however it's possible they would covertly grind them down....(overtly moving against them would make the remake the region agenda a bit more obvious

      Just a thought

      What I find interesting as I glance around the so called alt sites is still no talk of the kurds or Israel in this whole picture... amazing to me! Just amazing..

      I question how these alternative media sites can offer anything actually alternative when they read like mouthpieces for the US..

    4. Its absolutely extraordinary.
      What is more amazing is that these alt sites continue to insist that Turkey and the US are allies, while Kurds are victims being used.
      Turkey is of course the super evil, and this is key, as the demonisation of TR is necessary for the creation of Kurdistan.
      A new thing I have noticed is that some, who are usually pro-Russian and pro-Assad, are supporting a US invasion of Syria, because it will protect Kurds from evil Turkey.
      This gives away the alt news & anti-imperialist sites and analysts as nothing more then a Zionist psyop, IMO.

  2. "I would call today's suicide bombing the Trump administration response" Who Benefits? Why not an Israeli false flag to blame the US?

    1. Yup, it could just have well been an Israeli false flag- Always possible because of course Israel is a huge benefactor of the remake the middle east agenda

  3. Iraqi air strikes Inn Syria. Operation enduring freedom coming unglued?

    1. I wondered about that?
      Where did they strike?
      Who gave them intel?
      Stuff like that

    2. It appears the US provided the intel to Iraq

      The United States provided intelligence to Iraq for air strikes it conducted inside Syria in retaliation for recent bomb attacks in Baghdad, the Pentagon said on Friday.

      Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi said he had ordered the Iraqi air force to strike Islamic State positions inside Syria.

      "Yes we were aware, yes we supported it as well with information," Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.

      "It is a good strike, it is a valid strike, it was a strike against ISIS targets," Davis said, using an acronym for Islamic State.