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
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
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:
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?