Published On: Fri, Oct 10th, 2014

Islamic State conquers Kurdish HQ, thousands flee as Turkey criticizes U.S.

Islamic State militants have made new gains in Kobani, now controlling at least 40 percent of the Syrian town. They have seized the Kurd headquarters, a monitoring group said. At least 200,000 have fled the region in recent weeks ahead of the attack by the Sunni Muslmi extremists.

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“They have taken at least 40 percent (of the town),” Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said by telephone as reported by Reuters.

This is the location of the administrative buildings used by the local government Abdulrahman explains as they are now in “almost complete control of the “security quarter.”

“They are trying to advance on the crossing from the east … but the YPG [fighters] are resisting them,” Ocalan Iso, the deputy head of the Kurdish forces defending Kobani, told Reuters.

The radical Islamist forces used heavy artillery to attack residential areas and on Friday, fighting between IS and Kurdish forces in Kobani could be heard across the border.

The US-led coalition has also intensified airstrikes over the last two days around Kobani in response to the IS offensive.

Kurdish officials have been urging Ankara to allow weapons and fighters to cross the border to Kobani from Turkey.

Turkish officials are reluctant to help the town’s Kurdish defenders, as they say they have strong connections with the PKK, considered a terrorist group in Turkey, the US and Europe.

Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, played down the chances of its forces going to the aid of Kobani.

“It is not realistic to expect Turkey to conduct a ground operation on its own,” he told a news conference with visiting NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg. He added: “We are holding talks … Once there is a common decision, Turkey will not hold back from playing its part.”

Ankara resents suggestions from Washington it is not pulling its weight, and wants broader joint action that also targets the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “We strongly reject allegations of Turkish responsibility for the ISIS advance,” said a senior Ankara government source.

“Our allies, especially the U.S. administration, dragged their feet for a very long time before deciding to take action against the catastrophic events happening in Syria,” he added.

Turkey has long advocated action against Assad during the civil war, which grew out of a popular uprising in 2011. The United States called off air strikes on Damascus government forces at the last minute last year when Assad agreed to give up his chemical weapons.

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  1. KarenJordan says:

    Its Political Drama between kurdish to Blame US.

  2. simpleNewz - The Global Dispatch RSS Feed for 2014-10-13 says:

    […] Islamic State conquers Kurdish HQ, thousands flee as Turkey criticizes U.S. […]

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