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Old 10-05-2014, 07:52 PM   #1
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(CNN) -- ISIS moved closer to seizing Kobani on Sunday as militants entered the southeastern edge of the Syrian city and street-to-street fighting began, a fighter and a media activist inside the city told CNN. The city's defenders were looking for ways to escape the Kurdish stronghold strategically ...
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Activists: Kurds halt jihadi advance in Syria town
Oct 12,`14 ) -- Kurdish fighters have been able to halt the advance of the Islamic State extremist group in the Syrian border town of Kobani, where the U.S.-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes for more than two weeks, activists said Sunday.
The coalition, which is targeting the militants in and around Kobani, conducted at least two airstrikes Sunday on the town, according to an Associated Press journalist and activists. The strikes, aimed at rolling back the militants' gains, appear to have done little to blunt their assault on Kobani and nearby villages, which began in mid-September. The Syrian Kurdish border town is the latest focus of the Islamic State group, which has rampaged across northern Syria and western and northern Iraq since the summer, swallowing up large chunks of territory and imposing its reign of terror. Their campaign comes amid the three-year civil war in Syria, where opposition fighters have been battling to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

If Kobani falls, the Islamic State group will control territory abutting Turkey to the gates of Baghdad, some 450 miles (725 kilometers) slicing across Syria and Iraq. The U.S. has been speaking with Turkish officials about increasing their own efforts to equip and train opposition fighters in Syria and U.S. Central Command and European Command will travel to Turkey this week to meet with officials there and discuss the different ways Turkey can contribute. On Sunday, a Turkish government official confirmed that Turkey has agreed with the U.S. to train 4,000 Syrian opposition fighters. The official said the fighters would be vetted by Turkish intelligence. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record.

As seen from Mursitpinar in the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, a Turkish forces armoured vehicle patrols the border road as in the background thick smoke rises following an airstrike by the US-led coalition in Kobani, Syria as fighting intensified between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters

In Kobani, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State group militants have not been able to advance since Friday but are sending in reinforcements. The Observatory's chief, Rami Abdurrahman, said the Islamic State group appears to have a shortage of fighters and has brought in members of its religious police known as the Hisbah to take part in the battles. The Observatory says that since the Islamic State group's offensive on Kobani began, some 550 people have been killed, including about 300 Islamic State fighters, 225 Kurdish gunmen and 20 civilians. It said the number of jihadis killed could be much higher.

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