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Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria
2014.10.22 01:38:45

Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support their brethren fighting Islamic State fighters in a key border town, although activists inside embattled Kobane said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway.

The statement by Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu came hours after the US airdropped weapons and ammunition to resupply Kurdish fighters for the first time.

Those airdrops Sunday followed weeks of airstrikes by a US-led coalition in and near Kobane.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | Turkey | Iraq

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Teenager from Australia
2014.10.22 01:17:05

A teenager who ran away from Australia to join ISIL in Iraq and Syria has reappeared months later in a video of the Islamic State group, vowing to "not stop fighting", reports said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old, named in local media as Abdullah Elmir but who calls himself "Abu Khaled", carried a rifle and directly addressed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the video reportedly posted online, the Sydney Morning Herald said.

Tags: Syria | Islamic State | Australia | Iraq

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Kurdish fighters in the battleground Syrian town of Kobane
2014.10.22 01:03:49

Kurdish fighters in the battleground Syrian town of Kobane weathered an onslaught by Islamic State group fighters on Tuesday as they awaited promised reinforcements from Iraq.

The Kurdish fighters faced a fierce attack by IS fighters, including suicide bombers, late on Monday, that appeared aimed at cutting off the border with Turkey before any reinforcements could arrive, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | Iraq

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Drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria
2014.10.22 00:58:22

Britain said on Tuesday it was authorizing armed and unarmed drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria "very shortly" to gather intelligence on ISIL fighters.

Michael Fallon, the defense minister, said both Reaper and Rivet Joint drones would fly over Syria as part of "efforts to protect our national security from the terrorist threat emanating from there."


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | Britain

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Four children killed during airstrikes
2014.10.17 02:11:57

Four children have been killed and several injuries were reported during airstrikes in the suburbs of Maarat An Numan on Thursday , The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Tags: Syria

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Government airstrikes
2014.10.17 02:10:47

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported six deaths including a child in Al Ghouta area in the suburbs of Damascus during government airstrikes.

Tags: Syria

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US-led military coalition stepped up air strikes
2014.10.17 01:55:58

The US and its allies have dramatically stepped up air strikes in the past two days near the Syrian town of Kobane, where Kurdish defenders said they had given the Americans target coordinates to try to halt an Islamic State assault.

The US-led military coalition said it had bombed Islamic State targets in and around Kobane nearly 40 times in the space of 48 hours, around triple the pace of last week.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | United States

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Deaths in Al Waar neighborhood in Homs
2014.10.17 01:43:12

The Syrian Observatory reported ten deaths in Al Waar neighborhood in Homs on Wednesday due to government forces bombing the area.

Tags: Syria

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Clashes in suburbs of Aleppo
2014.10.17 01:29:54

The Observatory reported clashes in suburbs of Aleppo on Thursday. It also reported airstrikes on Aleppo causing damage to several buildings.

Tags: Syria

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600 fighters have been killed
2014.10.17 01:15:12

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 600 fighters have been killed since ISIL launched an offensive on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobane a month ago.

The Observatory  said its toll did not include the "several hundred"  IS fighters that the Pentagon says have been killed in US-led air strikes in and around Kobane.

Tags: Syria | Islamic State

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US-led airstrikes have successfully pushed back Islamic State fighters
2014.10.17 01:01:04

A Kurdish official in Kobane said Thursday that US-led airstrikes have successfully pushed back Islamic State fighters from parts of the besieged Syrian town.

"The international coalition has fought ISIS more effectively during the last few days," Nassen told AFP by telephone, using an alternative name for IS.

"Before they were in control of 30 percent of Kobane and now they control less than 20 percent thanks to the international coalition," he said.

"We need more airstrikes, as well as weaponry and ammunition to fight them on the ground," he said.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | United States

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Arrest in Casablanca
2014.10.17 00:54:36

A Moroccan man, with his two young French daughters in tow, was arrested in Casablanca Wednesday as he sought to join up with ISIL fighters, authorities said .

The man identified by his initials N.R., who was under police restrictions in France, was picked up at Casablanca airport, the Moroccan interior ministry said in a statement.

He was detained along with his two girls, aged two and four, and a Moroccan woman with whom he had a "traditional" marriage, said the statement, cited by the local MAPP news agency.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | France

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Obama- 'deeply concerned' about the advances ISIL
2014.10.16 01:10:23

US President Barack Obama met on Tuesday with defense ministers from 22 countries, acknowledging that he is "deeply concerned" about the advances ISIL is making in Iraq's Anbar province and in Syria, including the Kurdish town of Kobane.

Tags: Syria | Islamic State | United States | Iraq

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Modi's clarion call for cleaning up India
2014.10.15 18:40:52

About thirty years ago while on a visit to the Peoples’ Republic of China I used to watch Chinese films on the small black & white TV set having nothing to do in the evenings. True, I did not understand a word of what was said and yet, for understanding emotions one does not need to know the language. The films used to be mostly about peasants and workers with young boys and girls working together.

Tags: clean-up | india

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ISIL suicide bomber detonated a truck laden with explosives
2014.10.14 03:54:00

An Islamic State suicide bomber detonated a truck laden with explosives on Monday in the besieged Kurdish town of Kobane, near the Turkish border crossing with Syria, a monitoring group and Kurdish sources said.

The attack took place in a northern district of Kobane, which has been the scene of heavy clashes between Kurdish forces and ISIL fighters.

Idris Nassan, a Kurdish official in Kobane, said two Kurdish fighters had been wounded during the suicide bomb attack, which appeared to have been aimed at clearing a way for the ISIL to advance further into the town.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State

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Islamic State Captives in #Iraq
2014.10.14 03:35:52

Prisoners Forced to Convert, Girls Forced to Marry.

Human Rights Watch speaks to victims and witnesses who describe ISIL’s brutality to captives.

Tags: Iraq | Islamic State

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#Yazidi women and children as spoils of war
2014.10.14 03:28:11

ISIL group says that it has given Yazidi women and children captured in northern Iraq to its fighters as spoils of war, boasting it had revived slavery.

The latest issue of its propaganda magazine Dabiq released on Sunday was the first clear admission by the organization that it was holding and selling Yazidis as slaves.

Tens of thousands of Yazidis, a minority whose population is mostly confined to northern Iraq, have been displaced.


Tags: Iraq | Islamic State | Yazidis

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Heavy fighting broke out
2014.10.14 03:14:05

Heavy fighting broke out on Monday between ISIL fighters and Kurdish fighters close to the Turkish border just north of the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, an AFP correspondent reported.

The clashes threatened to cut all access from Kobane to the Turkish border and block the passage which which has so far allowed some 200,000 refugees from the Kobane area to find refuge in Turkey.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State

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Fears grow as #ISIL tightens grip on #Kobane
2014.10.14 03:00:43

There are grave fears that the Kurdish-controlled northern Syrian city of Kobane might fall into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Thousands of Kobane residents, who ran away from war, are now refugees in Turkey, just across the border.

Tags: Syria | Islamic State

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Kurdish fighters have been able to halt the advance of ISIL
2014.10.13 03:06:37

Activists say Kurdish fighters have been able to halt the advance of the Islamic State group in the Syrian border town of Kobani, where the US-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes for more than two weeks.


Tags: Syria | Islamic State | United States

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