This morning a largely Kurdish town in northern Syria has been attacked by two bombs, with ISIS claiming responsibility. As the Guardian reports:
Media reports said a truck loaded with explosives had blown up on the western edge of the town of Qamishli, followed by an explosives-packed motorcycle a few minutes later in the same area. The blasts caused massive damage in the area and rescue teams were working to recover victims from under the rubble, the Sana news agency said.
Qamishli, near the Turkish border, is mainly controlled by Kurds but Syrian government forces are present and control the town’s airport.
. . . Isis said it had carried out the attack in Qamishli, describing it as a truck bombing that had struck a complex of Kurdish offices. The extremist group has carried out several bombings in Kurdish areas in Syria in the past.
The predominantly Kurdish, US-backed Syria Democratic Forces have been the main force fighting Isis in northern Syria, capturing significant territory from the extremists over the past two years.
Wednesday’s explosion came as US-backed Kurdish forces pressed ahead with their offensive to take the Isis-held town of Manbij, also in northern Syria but to the east of Qamishli.
We can’t stop this kind of terrorism in the West, and are even more impotent in the Middle East. I suppose, if you were a mendacious apologist like C. J. W*rl*m*n or Glenn Greenwald, you could blame this on U.S.’s backing the Kurds. But that won’t wash because this is the deliberate targeting of civilians, which can’t possibly be justified by any form of oppression or colonialism.