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Kurds push for more air strikes in Kobani

BEIRUT |, with agencies - October 12, 2014, 15h30
SURUC, TURKEY - In the end of September, Turkey opened its border to Syrians fleeing the town of Kobani in fear of an Islamic State attack. This photo was taken on September 20, 2014, when tens of thousands have fled to Turkey. Photo: fpolat69 /
Kurdish forces fighting to defend Kobani urge the US-led anti ISIS coalition to escalate air strikes on ISIS fighters who are tightening their grip on the Syrian town bordering Turkey.
Kurdish forces are struggling to combat ISIS in the Syrian town of Kobani with some analysts claiming they will face inevitable defeat if Turkey does not open its borders to allow the transport of arms.

The US-led anti ISIS coalition escalated air strikes against ISIS near Kobani four days ago. The strikes hit ISIS hard at the start but have become less effective in the last two days, according to YPG, the main Kurdish armed group.

But street fighting is apparently making it harder for the warplanes to target ISIS positions.

Additionally, whilst ISIS are able to reinforce its fighters, the Kurds cannot as ISIS has besieged the town to the east, south and west meaning the Turkish border to the north is the only possible supply route for Kurds.

Although called upon by the international community and Kurds to open its border to allow ‘volunteers’ to cross and reinforce Kurdish troops. So far Turkey has not responded to these requests.

Meanwhile, the total death toll in Kobani is estimated at around 500 fighters from both sides since the fighting broke out three weeks ago, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday.

The capture of the city would enable the IS to link its self- declared capital of al-Raqqa province with Kobani and stretch its territory to areas bordering Turkey. Syrian government officials and Kurdish activists accused Turkey of aiding the IS into capturing Kobani to eliminate the Kurdish presence in that area and impose the long-desired buffer zone protected by a no-fly zone in northern Syria.

The IS has captured more than 300 villages around Kobani, and force over 160,000 people to flee towards neighboring Turkey since it unleashed its attacks on Sept. 16.
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