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ISIS suicide attacks target Syrian Kurdish capital

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is increasing its terror campaign against Kurds in northern Syria.
A member of the Asayish carries his weapon as he secures the area hit by a suicide bombing on Saturday at the Kurdish Security Forces Center (Asayish) at the Suez Canal neighbourhood in Qamishli November 25, 2013. The al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have claimed responsibility for the bombing which killed three people, including two members of the Asayish police force, and nine others wounded, activists said. Picture taken November 25, 2013. REUTERS/Rodi Said (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIV
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ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the March 11 suicide bombings that killed nine civilians in the city of Qamishli, the unofficial capital of the Kurdish regions of Syria. The al-Qaeda offshoot asserted in a statement released March 12, “The Islamic State announces its responsibility for the commando raid operation that targeted one of the PKK [Kurdistan Workers Party] apostates' bases in the town of Qamishli in northern al-Baraka province."

The suicide bombings targeted the Al-Hadaya hotel, which was used for municipal services. Unconfirmed reports suggested that a meeting between high-ranking officials of the PKK-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD) had been held in the hotel. The dead were buried March 12 with thousands of Kurds in attendance in Qamishli.

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