July 21, 2015
Agence France-Presse quotes Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Aaron Stein on how Monday's suicide bombing in Turkey is a spillover of ISIS's war on the Kurds in Syria:

Aaron Stein, a Nonresident Fellow at Washington-based think tank the Atlantic Council, described Monday's attack as a "spillover of the Kurdish-ISIS fight" in Syria.

Rather than targeting Turkey, Stein said the Suruc bombing appeared to be "more of an attack on Kurdish sympathisers of Kobane".

He likened the blast to an attack on a rally organised by Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party in Diyarbakir, which killed four people in June.

"We have seen an uptick in violence against Kurds in Turkey," he told AFP.

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