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Open wounds in Turkey

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 01:14

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan visits those wounded in Wednesday's bombing in Ankara, as Turkey blames Kurdish separatists and vows to respond in both Syria and Iraq. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan offers his condolences and comfort to those wounded in a suicide bombing in Ankara Wednesday. These are the lucky ones. More than two dozen were killed Wednesday when a car loaded with explosives exploded next to military buses as they waited at traffic lights. The blast took places near Turkey's seats of power-- the administrative heart of Ankara. The government identified the suicide bomber as Salih Necar -- a member of the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG. As relatives of the victims gather, authorities are pointing the finger at the YPG, a Syrian Kurdish militia that has been supported by the US in the fight against Islamic State. Turkey, a NATO member, is now expecting cooperation from its allies in combating the group. Turkish warplanes already targeted Kurdish positions inside Syria -- as the country is pulled further into the Syrian conflict as it battles to contain some of the fiercest violence in decades in its predominantly Kurdish southeast.

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Open wounds in Turkey

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 01:14