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Al-Qamishli: Three attacks against the PYD and the regime

KURDWATCH, November 26, 2013—Within a short time frame of a few hours on November 23, 2013, three car bombs exploded in al‑Qamishli and the surrounding area. The first attack was directed at the Syrian regime’s largest checkpoint on a busy roundabout five kilometers south of the city. The second bomb exploded in front of the office of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), in the district of Qanat as‑Suwais. The third attack took place in the PYD-controlled village of Tall Maʿruf (fifteen kilometers southeast of al‑Qamishli) and was directed against the party headquarters located within a school. According to Islamist sources, these were targeted attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant against the regime and its supporters. Exact information about the number of victims is not available. Islamist sources mention more than forty dead; PYD sources mention three dead without listing their names. The Syrian regime has not yet commented on the number of victims.

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