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16 Feb 2020 | 12:48 PM UTC

Syria: Car bombing reported in Tal Abyad February 16

At least four people killed in car bombing in Tal Abyad February 16; heightened security presence expected over the coming hours

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Event

At least 4 people were killed in a car bombing attack in Tal Abyad on Sunday, February 16. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though Turkish officials have publicly blamed Kurdish (YPG) forces for the incident.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in Tal Abyad and in northeastern Syria over the near term. Further such attacks, as well as clashes between opposing security forces, are possible in the region over the coming days and weeks.

Context

To date, the Syrian conflict involves many parties, including the Syrian government, the Russian government, the Iranian government, the Turkish government, a US-led coalition, and numerous armed groups on the ground (including the Islamic State) with competing goals.

Advice

Due to extremely poor security conditions, Western governments generally advise against all travel to Syria, with some banning travel to the country. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to any travel to Syria.