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Top Kurdish politician killed in bomb blast in Syria

Iran Press TV

Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:9PM GMT

An eminent Kurdish politician has been killed in a car bomb attack in Syria near the Turkish border, Kurdish political sources say.

According to a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the politician identified as Isa Huso lost his life after the bomb, planted in his car, went off outside his house in the Syrian town of Al-Qamishli on Tuesday.

This comes while Kurdish fighters, who are opposed to foreign interference in Syria, have been battling foreign-backed militants in the north in recent months.

On July 21, Kurdish militants took control of a key checkpoint controlled by al-Qaeda-linked militants and seized light weapons, ammunition, a vehicle mounted with a heavy machine gun, and a mortar launcher.

On July 17, Kurdish fighters also took control of the town of Ras al-Ain in the border province of Hasakah.

Turkey has expressed concerns over the Kurds’ military gains in northern Syria.

Tensions have been running high between Syria and Turkey, with Damascus accusing Ankara -- along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar -- of backing a deadly militancy that has claimed the lives of many Syrians, including security and army personnel.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011.

A very large number of the militants operating inside Syria are reportedly foreign nationals.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence.


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