• 3 minutes Could Venezuela become a net oil importer?
  • 7 minutes Reuters: OPEC Ministers Agree In Principle On 1 Million Barrels Per Day Nominal Output Increase
  • 12 minutes Battle for Oil Port: East Libya Forces In Full Control At Ras Lanuf
  • 5 hours Oil prices going Up? NO!
  • 15 hours Renewables to generate 50% of worldwide electricity by 2050 (BNEF report)
  • 14 hours Reuters: OPEC Ministers Agree In Principle On 1 Million Barrels Per Day Nominal Output Increase
  • 3 mins The Tony Seba report
  • 19 hours Oil prices going down
  • 22 hours Could oil demand collapse rapidly? Yup, sure could.
  • 1 hour Saudi Arabia turns to solar
  • 13 hours China’s Plastic Waste Ban Will Leave 111 Million Tons of Trash With Nowhere To Go
  • 2 days Oil Buyers Club
  • 7 hours Kenya Eyes 200+ Oil Wells
  • 6 hours Are Electric Vehicles Really Better For The Environment?
  • 2 days Gazprom Exports to EU Hit Record
  • 2 days Russia's Energy Minister says Oil Prices Balanced at $75, so Wants to Increase OPEC + Russia Oil by 1.5 mbpd
  • 21 hours Battle for Oil Port: East Libya Forces In Full Control At Ras Lanuf
  • 2 days Could Venezuela become a net oil importer?
  • 21 hours Tesla Closing a Dozen Solar Facilities in Nine States

Turkey Blames Syrian Kurds for Ankara Attack

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu today blamed Kurdish militants in Turkey and Syrian Kurdish fighters for the Ankara bombing that left some 28 people dead and 45 others wounded yesterday.

Davutoglu told media the attack was “carried out by members of the terrorist organisation in cooperation with a Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) member who infiltrated (Turkey) from Syria”.

Earlier today, the authorities claimed to have confirmed that the bomber was a Syrian national. Nine people have reportedly been detained in relation to the attack.

Related: The Decline Of The Coal Industry Is “Long-Term” And “Irreversible”

The attack comes as Turkey is threatening the use of high-level force against Syrian Kurds who have taken over territory lost by Syrian rebels in the face of an advancement of Russian fire power and regime forces in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey.

The northern Syrian town of Azaz is the flashpoint for a wider conflict, with also threatening to destroy the Syrian Menagh air base if the Kurds refused to withdraw.

This morning, Turkish media claimed that the Syrian Kurds were preparing a “massive attack” in northern Syria.

Related: Why OPEC Production Freeze Could Pave The Way For Actual Cuts

Turkey’s Anadolu Agency quoted a Syrian rebel commander as saying that the PYD’s “latest large-scale assault was just six kilometers (four miles) from the Turkish border.”

“The PYD has deployed just two kilometers from Azaz since Tuesday and today they have started to carry out their attack to seize the city,” the rebel commander reportedly said.

Meanwhile, Turkey is questioning the U.S. support of YPG, which is helping combat the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria. Turkey’s concerns elicited a response from the U.S. State Department late on Wednesday, to the effect that the U.S. is not supporting those Syrian Kurds who are seizing territory in Aleppo province, around Azaz.

Related: Oil Thefts Surge In Mexico As Cartels Become Specialized

"The YPG groups that we're supporting, there are various parts of the YPG on the ground in Syria. And the ones -- the groups that we're supporting are actually not the same groups," according to State Department spokesman Mark Toner.

"Obviously, they're part of the same organization, but not these ones who are taking territory in and around Aleppo ... the groups that we've been supporting through airstrikes, through various means, have actually continued to effectively fight ISIL on the ground in northern Syria," he said.

By Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News