Ankara Attack May Complicate U.S.-Turkish Relations, Fight Against ISIS and Assad

The Takeaway

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In the Turkish capital of Ankara, a car bomb exploded as a military convoy drove by late last night. At least 28 people were killed, and the Turkish government is blaming a Syrian-Kurdish militant group for the attack.

Those same militants are allies of the United States in the Syrian Civil War. Turkey has been shelling Kurdish units in Northern Syria, even as the U.S. backs them in fights against government forces and the Islamic State.

Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has the details on the attack in Ankara and how this may complicate the U.S.-Turkey relationship.

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