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"Who will repair all those places you bombed?": Turkey's Erdogan on Kobani

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 01:47

As Kurdish fighters celebrate recapturing the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State fighters, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan asks what's next? Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A time for congratulations as Kurdish officials shake hands with fighters who helped liberate the town of Kobani from the grip of Islamic State militants. There's the hope of a return to normalcy in a place that few would call home anymore. Much of the town itself is in shambles -- the result of a four month battle --that became a focal point in the international fight against Islamic State. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says celebrations may be premature. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "When it is about Kobani, the whole world stands up and cooperates for a small town. Those who fled Kobani came to us, 200,000 people. We host them here. There is nobody left there, but they bomb it. Today they are dancing with happiness. What happened? ISIS is out of there." He wants to know what's next. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "Fine, but who will repair all those places you bombed? Nobody thinks about the future. Will the 200,000 who fled Kobani be able to go back? When they are back, where will they live? Nobody thinks about that." Amateur video, which can not be independently verified by Reuters, shows Kurdish fighter planting flags on a strategic hilltop. But the fight is not entirely over with Islamic State fighters still in nearby villages.

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"Who will repair all those places you bombed?": Turkey's Erdogan on Kobani

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 01:47