#AceNewsServices – SYRIA – October 07 – The black Islamic State flag has been raised over a building on the outskirts of a strategic town of Kobani on the Syrian-Kurdish border, according to various sources.
‘ ISIS Raise Black Flag in Kobani ‘
However, Kurds defending the border town say that the city has not yet fallen.
Attacks in the town intensified on Sunday when Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS or ISIL) militants besieged the city. The black flag was seen at the top of a four story building, according to the images shot from Turkey. A Turkish military officer who preferred to remain anonymous confirmed to Reuters that the flag had been that of the Islamists.
Fighting kicked off east of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab in Arabic), the northern Syrian town facing a fierce onslaught of Islamic State (IS) on Sunday. However, an initial offensive was launched some two weeks ago. The jihadist group had earlier pledged to overrun the town by the beginning of Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice.
Shortly after news of the flag’s planting emerged, a member of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) announced that more than 2,000 people were being evacuated as IS advanced, reported Reuters. Over 186,000 Kurds have already fled to Turkey from the city.
“We can hear the sound of clashes in the street,” a translator, Parwer Ali Mohamed, said over the phone as the group made its way to Turkey.