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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Kobani December 2, 2014

Fighting Islamic State on the Front Line in Kobani

Footage (Video above) from inside Kobani shows children hiding in foxholes during shelling, Kurdish fighters running a bakery and a father being reunited with his daughter on the front line. Mark Kelly reports

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I have not yet found a reliable source and proof yet that Gill Rosenberg the Canadian girl helping Peshmerga. - IB
=================================================================YPG fighters advance in the city of Ayn al- Arab "Kobani"December 2, 2014
  Reliable sources reported to SOHR that YPG fighters could seize the neighborhood of Botan Gharbi located in the south of Ayn al- Arab city “Kobani” and in the northwest of Mashta Nour Plain after violent clashes with IS militants .   #ISIS militants attacked YPG positions in the Municipality area, coincided with airstrikes carried out by US led coalition warplanes on areas 
There have been several news sources that have cited artillery fire coming from Turkey and attacking Peshmerga positions. Some of the sources have said it was ISIS others sy it was Turkish Military forces. - Ian Bach
A fresh batch of Iraqi Peshmerga troops has arrived in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sanliurfa to replace an existing unit in the Syrian town of Kobani, official sources said Tuesday.

Turkey had allowed the passage of 150 Peshmerga fighters to enter Kobani through its borders on Oct. 29 to fight alongside Kurdish groups battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or the ISIL terrorists.

The new batch also consists of around 150 fighters, who were flown in a private plane from Iraq’s Erbil International Airport to Turkey's Sanliurfa Airport Tuesday mid-afternoon.

The entire route of the convoy was closed to traffic when it passed through the province's main highway.

According to an AA reporter at the scene, the new unit is equipped with latest weapons and ammunition.

The Iraqi army and Peshmerga have been battling the ISIL in Iraq since mid-June, when the terrorists group took control of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. The militant group is said to be now in control of large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.

2 December 2014

Turkey bombards Kobani, wounds civilians and Kurdish fighters

“Under the pretense of stopping an ISIS attack on Turkey, the Turkish army bombarded the center of Kobani with tanks and artillery,” Kurdish newspaper Rudaw quoted Anwar Muslim, the co-chairman of Kobani, as saying on Saturday.

“A number of civilians and fighters have been wounded,” Muslim added.

Urban warfare was raging on in different parts of the key city between ISIL militants and fighters belonging to the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Peshmerga forces, he further said.

    “The YPG and Peshmerga have countered all the attacks, the fighting is still going on and we have a number of wounded,” Muslim said.

He also pointed that Kurds are in control of most parts of Kobani, adding that the Takfiri militants have “mined the few parts of the city that are under their control.”

The ISIL Takfiri militants battling Kurdish forces in Kobani mounted an attack along the border between the flashpoint city and neighboring Turkey on Saturday.

Kobani defense chief, Ismet Hassan, said that ISIL members detonated a car bomb at the Syrian side of the border between the city and neighboring Turkey, followed by a fierce exchange of fire between the terrorists and Kurdish fighters.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosive-laden car crossed over from the Turkish side of the border.

The UK-based group said on November 9 that more than 1,000 people had been killed in the battle for Kobani since the beginning of the fight in mid-September.

As a result of the violence, more than 200,000 Kobani residents have also fled across the border into Turkey.

The ISIL terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have committed terrible atrocities in both countries, including mass executions and the beheading of local residents as well as foreign nationals.
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