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Kobani "about to fall" to Islamic State

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 01:51

Turkey's president says Kobani is ''about to fall'' after Islamic State fighters press home a three-week assault on the Syrian Kurdish town that has cost a reported 400 lives. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Islamic State fighters creep towards the Syrian border town of Kobani. After three weeks of pitched battles with Kurdish fighters, it's come to this… Turkey says this strategic town just across its border is about to fall to the militants. In amateur video Reuters can't verify, the Al Qaeda offshoot said overnight it's close to claiming its victory. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MAN SAID TO BE ISLAMIC STATE FIGHTER, SAYING: "The soldiers of Islam are now crawling towards this city as you can see, the soldiers of Islamic State are on their way there in order to decide the battle outcome. This is happening despite the coalition efforts and God willing we will destroy the infidels." Control of Kobani would consolidate Islamic State's command of northern Syria. From the relative safety of the Turkish side of the border, onlookers watch the fighting in disbelief. U.S.-led airstrikes have failed to stop to the advance on Islamic State on this dusty town, just a stone's throw from Turkey, a NATO member state. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) UNIDENTIFIED TURKISH EYEWITNESS, SAYING: "They launched an airstrike this morning, but I wish they would have done it five or ten days ago so these vultures wouldn't massacre the whole town and innocent people wouldn't die." Kurds in the Turkish province of Cizre clashed with police overnight. Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party called for nationwide demonstrations to protest the situation in Kobani. A monitoring group says at least 400 people have been confirmed killed in the three-week long battle for the town but that the real tally is likely twice as much.

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Kobani "about to fall" to Islamic State

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 01:51