On Feb.17 at least 28 people were killed and 61 more injured after a car exploded in Ankara. According to Turkish officials, nine people have been detained following the attack. The scene of the explosion took place in close proximity to Turkey’s parliament, the Presidency of the General Staff, and Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard commands.
On Feb.18, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has accused some “forces” linked to the Kurdish YPG militia of the terrorist attack in Ankara. Davutoglu added the attack showed the Kurdish YPG is a terrorist organization and that Turkey expects cooperation from “its allies” against the group.
Following the Ankara incident, six military personnel were killed and one seriously wounded in an explosion that hit a military convoy in the southeast of Turkey on Feb.18. The convoy was traveling along a highway linking Diyarbakir and Bingol.
The US State Department says Washington believes ISIS terrorists carried out chemical attacks in Syria and Iraq. Spokesman Mark Toner made the announcement after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed that Syrians were exposed to sulfur mustard north of Aleppo last August.