Terrorism & Insurgency

VBIED attack underscores ongoing Kurdish threat to Turkish and Turkish-backed forces in northern Syria

14 February 2019

Three police officers and four civilians were wounded on 12 February when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was detonated at a security checkpoint outside the town of al-Rai in the north of Syria’s Aleppo governorate. The governorate has been occupied by Turkish-backed opposition factions since Islamic State forces were ousted in August 2016. The attack was claimed the same day by the Ghadib al-Zaytoun, or Wrath of Olives, operation room, a small Kurdish guerrilla group that was formed in response to the expulsion of the Kurdish Yekîneyên Parastina Gel (YPG) from Aleppo’s Afrin district during Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch offensive in March 2018.

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