SYRIA: ‘ US-LED COALITION FORCES UNLEASH 30 AIR STRIKES ON ISLAMIC STATE ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – Nov.30 – US forces unleashed at least 30 air strikes against Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] forces in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa on Saturday, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Reuters reported.

The air strikes targeted militant positions in the northern suburbs of Raqqa city, a strategic stronghold of the Islamist group. 

At least 50 extremists from the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) have been killed in US-led airstrikes in the past 24 hours in the town of Kobane, Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The monitor added that the number of deaths was one of the highest daily tolls since the extremists started their assault on Kobani in September.

US-led strikes also hit the 17th Division, a Syrian army base the Islamic State seized in July, the monitoring group reported.

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‘ TWO BRITISH MEN HAVE REPORTEDLY TRAVELLED TO SYRIA TO FIGHT ISLAMIC STATE ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN – Nov.23 – Two British men have reportedly travelled to Syria to fight against the Islamic State.

Reports: Two British Men Join Fight Against IS

Reports: Two British Men Join Fight Against IS

One of them is a former soldier who served in Afghanistan at least three times, while the other has spent time training with the French army.

Sky Correspondent Ashish Joshi said: “They’ve joined the Kurdish fighters and are now in Syria fighting IS in the town of Kobani.

“This is unusual. Since the conflict started, we’ve been covering reports of British jihadis going out to Syria to fight for IS.”

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‘ THE REAL UNSUNG HEROES OF KOBANI A WOMAN’S STORY OF FIGHTING AND DYING ‘

#AceNewsServices – TURKEY – Nov.08 – It was an easy decision to make: Barely out of school, Perwin Mustafa Dihap wanted to follow in the footsteps of three of her older siblings and go to war.

Before long, she was on the front line in the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobani, her hometown on the Turkish border besieged on three sides by extremists from the Islamic State group.

Just two months later, the 19-year-old lay dying in a hospital across the border in Turkey, wounded in an Oct. 6 mortar attack on her position in the city.

The doctor told her family the young woman’s chances were slim, despite her surviving a five-hour operation. Yet Dihap still held out hope.

“We went to the hospital … and I asked her how she was doing, and she said: `Don’t worry about me. If I get better, I will go back to fight again,'” said her 34-year-old brother, Kemal Mustafa Dihap.

But she didn’t get better. As her condition deteriorated, doctors transferred her to two other hospitals in larger Turkish towns in an effort to save her. In the last two days, she was too weak to speak.

Dihap died in the early hours of Nov. 5.

“Even though she was really young, she was really brave and strong,” her brother said, swallowing hard to keep his emotions in check as he stood outside the morgue in the Turkish border town of Suruc.

Read More: Mohammed Rasool in Suruc, Turkey, contributed. LInk:

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KOBANI: ‘ PESHMERGA FIGHTERS ENTER KOBANI VIA TURKEY ‘

#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – October 30 – Ten Iraqi Peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said.

' Small Iraqi peshmerga force enters Syrian town '

‘ Small Iraqi peshmerga force enters Syrian town ‘

The development followed heavy overnight clashes as Islamic State fighters unsuccessfully tried to capture the border crossing point, the only gateway in and out of the strategic Kurdish town besieged by the militants.

Kobani-based activist Mustafa Bali said the 10 entered Kobani first and that the rest will follow gradually later in the day because the border crossing point has been targeted by Islamic State fighters.

“The first 10 are now with the People’s Protection Units and they include doctors and fighters and the rest are expected to enter in the coming hours at night,” Bali told The Associated Press.

The People’s Protection Units, also known as the YPG, are the main force in predominantly Kurdish regions in northern Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the 10 peshmerga fighters entered Kobani around noon through the Turkey-Syria border crossing.

Remaining peshmerga forces are in a facility on the outskirts of the border town of Suruc, about 12 kilometers from the border with Syria, on a road that leads to the border crossing in the village of Mursitpinar.

The mission of the peshmerga troops is to help Kurdish fighters inside Kobani try to break the siege by Islamic State militants who launched the attack on Kobani six weeks ago.

The ability of the small force to turn the tide of battle will depend on the effectiveness of their weapons and on continued U.S.-led airstrikes against the extremists.

Activists say there are currently some 1,000 Syrian Kurdish fighters and more than 3,000 jihadis in the Kobani area.

Most civilians have fled.

In the Syrian capital of Damascus, President Bashar Assad’s political adviser accused Turkey of committing “aggression” against the country by allowing rebels to cross into Kobani.

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‘ ISRAEL DOES NOT SEE ISLAMIC STATE AS A THREAT AND HERE IS WHY – OPINION ‘

#AceNewsServices (Analysis & Opinion) October 24  At first sight, it seems that Israel is just as preoccupied with the rise of Islamic State as anyone else.

PHOTO: A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014 is pictured in this still frame from video obtained by Reuters October 7, 2014.

PHOTO: A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014 is pictured in this still frame from video obtained by Reuters October 7, 2014.

Israeli media report diligently on the extremist group’s assault on the Kurdish town of Kobani and run at least a story every few days on its atrocities.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu references Islamic State frequently, as do other Israeli ministers. And the stories of two Palestinian citizens of Israel who died fighting for the group have been recently featured in the press.

Still, Israel remains the least concerned and least directly threatened country in a region increasingly rocked by Islamic State’s advance. It certainly does not see the group as an external threat. Shocking though the events in Syria and Iraq are, Israel is far beyond the range of even the most sophisticated of Islamic State’s weapons.

The group’s immediate territorial interests do not extend to anywhere near Israeli borders, and its support in areas adjacent to Israel is still negligible.  

What’s more, unlike many militant groups and states in the region, Islamic State has declared itself emphatically disinterested in intervening in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, preferring instead to draw its support from Sunni revanchism and introducing a semblance of order into war-torn regions of Iraq.

Islamic State also does not yet pose an internal threat to Israel. Unlike most countries bordering Syria, Israel has not been politically or demographically unsettled by the civil war there. The diversified systems of control employed by Israel – some liberal democracy and some military rule — have cemented differences among the country’s constituencies disgruntled with the Israeli government.

The divisions have precluded the emergence of a broad uprising similar to those that constituted the Arab Spring. The relatively short, highly militarized border between Israel and Syria has prevented the influx of refugees into Israel, as well as any significant spread of the fighting.

In the absence of incentives to change policy, Israel remains determined to display an official disinterest in Iraq and a staunch neutrality toward Syria. Although the government has often expressed sympathy for victims of the Syrian civil war and offered some of them medical treatment, and has on one or two occasions hit targets in Syria, Israel has been careful to signal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that it considers him a relatively reliable neighbor and would not work actively to replace him.

It’s also unlikely that Israeli leaders will come under any internal pressure to change this position. While the images of the war in Syria have prompted some Palestinians to travel abroad and take up arms against the Syrian regime, sometimes fighting alongside jihadist organizations, the numbers have been small — and their wrath, for now, directed at the Syrian regime, not at Israel. Images of Islamic State’s atrocities, combined with the group’s religious fanaticism, contempt for nation-states and express disinterest in the Palestinian cause have left Palestinians — largely secular, nationalist and deeply committed to building their own nation-state — more alienated than attracted.

Even attempts by Israeli centrists and the U.S. to tie progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to the fight against Islamic State have left Israel unmoved. Israel, the argument went, should make concessions in its talks with Palestinians to mollify Arab populations as their governments yet again throw in with the Americans — and by extension, with the Israelis. This tactic rests on the idea that the only real threat that Islamic State poses to Israel, however remotely, is if it toppled any of the “moderate” Arab states, especially Jordan, by invading them or capitalizing on their local discontents, or a combination of the two.

But the Israeli government, which has no interest, political or ideological, in facilitating a two-state solution, has so far responded with a shrug. The view in Israel is that the moderate Arab regimes are sufficiently threatened by the spread of Islamic State to prioritize drawing the Americans in, warts and all. If anything triggers revolutions in these countries, it will not be the plight of the Palestinians.

The lack of direct threats notwithstanding, Israel has been able to extract some short-term gains from unfolding catastrophe. With the West again mobilizing against a radical Islamist group, Netanyahu find himself on the familiar turf of the “war on terror.” He is capitalizing on this by trying to equate Palestinian nationalism — especially the religious wing of it — with Islamic State at every conceivable opportunity (even if with little perceptible effect).  Second, Israel is again making itself useful to the West as a corner of stability and pro-Western sentiment  in an otherwise turbulent Middle East — and is using this to push the Palestinian issue further down the agenda.

These considerations apart,  Israel sees Islamic State as something that’s happening to other people — and the country will do its best to keep it so.

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Here’s why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

Here’s why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

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IRAQ: ‘ REPORT CONFIRMS ISIS CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK AFTER RECENT REPORTS IN KOBANI ‘

#AceWorldNews – IRAQ – October 24 – Eleven Iraqi police officers were taken to hospital after an ISIS chemical weapons attack, with the Defence Ministry and doctors recently confirming the gas as chlorine.

This marks the first officially documented militant attack with the chemical.

The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants’ chlorine gas attack occurred on September 15, in the town of Duluiyah, located north of the capital, according to a Washington Post report.

The blast followed an exchange of fire between the militants and the members of the Sunni Jabbour tribe, who were guarding the town’s borders.

“It was a strange explosion. We saw yellow smoke in the sky,” said Lt. Khairalla al-Jabbouri, one of the survivors.

The victims talked of the fog that hung close to the ground – a possible indication that it was chlorine, which is heavier than air.

The physicians who treated them also confirmed that their diagnosis was poisoning by chlorine gas. 

Earlier this week, reports were circulating that there was a chemical attack in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday. But the chemical agent the IS militants used could not be identified, as doctors lacked necessary equipment to diagnose the cause of complaints made by Kurdish victims and activists.

As a choking agent, chlorine was widely used during World War I. Nowadays it is sold legally as a key component in industry, but its use as a chemical weapon violates the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Source: RT – WP – AFP – AP 

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KOBANI: ‘ ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS TAKE CONTROL OF AIR-DROP ZONE ‘

#AceNewsServices – KOBANI – October 23 – Islamic State militants battling for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani ramped up their offensive Thursday, re-taking ground west of the city where the U.S. made a crucial supply drop to Kurdish forces on Monday.

ISIS takes control of air-drop zone outside Kobani

ISIS takes control of air-drop zone outside Kobani

A Fox News crew in the area has been told that ISIS has advanced on three different fronts in the center of Kobani against Kurdish defenders. There is now little open land around the city that the Kurds control, making future airdrops difficult.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that a unit of 200 Kurdish Peshmerga forces from Iraq will be coming to Kobani to help in the fight against ISIS, but there is no word on when the troops will arrive.

They are reported to bring heavy weaponry and artillery that is sorely needed to push back the militant advances.

An Associated Press journalist on the Turkish side of the border said heavy machine gunfire could be heard from Kobani, which is also known as Ayn Arab, on Thursday.

“The fighting has been ongoing since last night on the eastern and southern fronts. It is some of the longest clashes in Kobani,” said Kurdish activist Farhad Shami by telephone from the town.

“The fighting usually only takes place at night.”

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SYRIA: ‘ ISIL TRANSFERS WAR CASUALTIES TO TURKISH HOSPITALS ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 20 -The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been transferring its war casualties in Northern Syria, specially those wounded in the town of Kobani, to Turkish hospitals, local sources reported on Monday.

“Since Saturday evening, the ISIL terrorists have been transferring a number of their injured members to Turkey through Tal Kania Araban road,” independent local sources in Syria’s Kurdish region told FNA on Monday.

“The Turkish army lit the sky by the help of flares to facilitate this transfer at night,” they added.

Meantime, other reports said that 124 volunteer forces have managed to cross the Turkish border on Sunday to join the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces in the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani to fight against the ISIL terrorists.

The YPG forces announced that they have killed a large number of terrorists in the past two days.

Sunday reports from Kobani said that clashes between the Kurdish resistance fighters and ISIL had taken the form of street war after the YPG forced ISIL militants out of a major part of the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani and as the coalition states avoid targeting concentration camps of the terrorists outside the city.

“The clashes between the terrorists and the YPG forces now continue in the form of street wars with warring sides only 5 to 10 meters in distance,” a journalist from Kobani city, Farhad Shami, told FNA on Sunday.

He also said that the terrorists had fired over 50 mortar rounds on the city center and their attacks continue to break the resistance of the popular forces.

Asked about the US-led coalition’s airstrikes on ISIL forces, Shami said the bombing campaign which targeted ISIL positions in the Eastern and Southern parts of the city were useless as terrorists’ artilleries and other heavy weapons and equipment and the main transit route of the terrorists, from Tal Abyaz and Jerablus towards Kobani, were not raided at all.

As a result, he said, ISIL is very calmly reorganizing its troops to prepare for more attacks.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ PENTAGON ACKNOWLEDGES AIR-DROP OF WEAPONS TO KURDISH REBELS ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – The Pentagon has publicly acknowledged an air-drop of lethal aid to Kurdish rebels fighting the hardline Islamic State in the pivotal Syrian-Turkish border town of Kobani, shortly after news of considerable gains made against the terrorists there.

Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 18, 2014. (Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach)

Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 18, 2014. (Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach)

The Sunday delivery, which also contained other supplies, comes on the heels of renewed US air-strikes on Syria and Iraq’s oil infrastructure in a bid to cripple the terrorist group’s hold on it.

Smokes rises from the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, as it is seen from the Turkish village of Mursitpinar, on October 19, 2014 (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

Smokes rises from the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, as it is seen from the Turkish village of Mursitpinar, on October 19, 2014 (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

Eleven of the strikes were on the Kobani area overnight. 

A brief statement by US Central Command said US Air Force C-130 aircraft “delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies that were provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq and intended to enable continued resistance against ISIL’s [Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL] attempts to overtake Kobani.”

A total of 27 drops with supplies were delivered, another official stated. The aircraft left the Syrian air space following the operation.

On the Kurdish side, a spokesman acknowledged delivery of large quantities of ammunition, weapons and medical aid on Monday. The announcement followed another brief statement that “good news”would soon be released.

The spokesman may have been referring to recent gains made by Kurdish forces against Islamic State militants, who have allegedly been retreating from Kobani.

The latest from the forces on the ground was that a clean-up operation is under-way, but parts of this crucial border town remain occupied by sporadic terrorists and suicide bombers.

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‘ US-led Coalition Intensify Air-Strikes in Past Two Days As PKK Risk Igniting Three Decade Conflict ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 15 – American-led forces have sharply intensified air strikes in the past two days against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria’s Turkish border after the jihadists’ advance began to destabilize Turkey.

U.S.-led air strikes intensify as Syria conflict destabilizes TurkeyScreenshot from 2014-10-15 12:33:57

The coalition had conducted 21 attacks on the militants near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani over Monday and Tuesday and appeared to have slowed Islamic State advances there, the U.S. military said, but cautioned the situation remained fluid.

U.S. President Barack Obama voiced deep concern on Tuesday about the situation in Kobani as well as in Iraq’s Anbar province, which U.S. troops fought to secure during the Iraq war and is now at risk of being seized by Islamic State militants.

“Coalition air strikes will continue in both of these areas,” Obama told military leaders from coalition partners including Turkey, Arab states and Western allies during a meeting outside Washington.

The fight against Islamic State will be among the items on the agenda when Obama holds a video conference on Wednesday with British, French, German and Italian leaders, the White House said.

War on the militants in Syria is threatening to unravel a delicate peace in neighboring Turkey where Kurds are furious with Ankara over its refusal to help protect their kin in Syria.

The plight of the Syrian Kurds in Kobani provoked riots among Turkey’s 15 million Kurds last week in which at least 35 people were killed.

Turkish war-planes were reported to have attacked Kurdish rebel targets in southeast Turkey after the army said it had been attacked by the banned PKK Kurdish militant group, risking reigniting a three-decade conflict that killed 40,000 people before a ceasefire was declared two years ago.

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‘ EC GIVES $4.9 MILLION OF HUMANITARIAN AID TO PEOPLE SEEKING REFUGE IN TURKEY FROM ISLAMIC STATE ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 12 – The European Commission has decided to give 3.9 million euro ($4.9 million) of humanitarian aid “to help meet the urgent needs of the thousands of people” who are seeking shelter in neighbouring Turkey to escape the Islamic State advance to the Iraqi town of Kobani, the European Commission said in a statement.

“Over 180,000 Syrians have been displaced to Turkey by the fierce fighting in Kobani.

This further adds to the impact of what is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our times.

We are directing urgently needed funds to help the humanitarian organizations on the ground deal with the massive influx of refugees,” said Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.

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KOBANI: ‘ Islamic State Releases Disturbing Footage from Inside Besieged Syrian Town ‘

#AceNewsServices – KOBANI – October 11 – The Islamic State has released disturbing footage from inside Kobane showing militants waging another ferocious attack on Kurdish territory, amid concerns the extremists are now in control of half of the besieged Syrian town.

Inside the battle for Kobane: ISIS fanatics release propaganda film of street fighting as Kurds stage last desperate stand to stop massacre of the innocents in sight of the Turkish border

Inside the battle for Kobane: ISIS fanatics release propaganda film of street fighting as Kurds stage last desperate stand to stop massacre of the innocents in sight of the Turkish border

The propaganda clip, which appears to have been filmed professionally, shows militants firing assault rifles and machine guns from behind buildings in the embattled border town.

Crawling through walls into Syrian Town of Kobane '

Crawling through walls into Syrian Town of Kobane ‘

In one harrowing scene, the clearly-filmed footage shows one of the terrorists attacking a building with a rocket-propelled grenade. 

Other scenes show the extremists relentlessly firing rounds at unseen targets, while their colleagues crawl inside the blasted walls of the abandoned buildings.

The footage comes as reports have emerged saying ISIS had been pushed back towards the edge of the town as a result of the strikes and advances by the town's defenders
The frightening attacks - involving dozens of terrorist fighters - take place against a backdrop of explosive thuds and pillars of smoke
While the airstrikes appear to have slowed the militants advance in some areas of the city, ISIS fighters appear to be creeping ever closer to the centre of Kobane

ISIS fighters appear to be creeping further into the centre, where thousands of civilians unable or unwilling to flee their homes face rape and massacre.

The Islamic State group’s onslaught on Kobane, which started in mid-September, has forced some 200,000 people to flee the area.  

The militants have been advancing on the town from three sides and pounding it with artillery despite dogged resistance from Kurdish forces.

However many residents have refused to give up their homes in the face of the terrorists’ threat, vowing to fight the militants to the death.

Other residents, many of them elderly or disabled, also remain inside Kobane having found themselves physically unable to flee. 

Yesterday, the United Nations warned that the world faces ‘another Srebrenica’ massacre unless it acts to save its besieged residents who have been unable to flee.

A terrorist fighter is seen pointing his weapon through an opening in the street, before relentlessly firing rounds at an unknown target

The Islamic State group's onslaught on Kobane, which started in mid-September, has forced some 200,000 people to flee the area
Many residents have refused to give up their homes in the face of ISIS barbarism, vowing to fight the militants to the death

Meanwhile, U.S defence secretary Chuck Hagel has warned that the U.S wants to know how far Turkey is willing to go to help train and equip moderate opposition fighters trying to topple Syrian president Bashar Assad, including whether it will conduct training on its own land. 

The U.S has gained itself a firm ally, with the announcement from Turkey that it will support efforts to train and equip the Syrian opposition.

The European country is also considering putting troops on the ground.

But the U.S does not yet know whether Ankara is willing to do the training inside Turkey itself.

Saudi Arabia, for instance, has agreed to host training facilities for Syrian rebels on its territory and US officials are still discussing the details with Turkish officials. 

Mr Hagel said: ‘The specifics that go with train and equip – locations, contributions, trainers – will be part of that conversation.

‘Part of those discussions will include how far Turkey is willing to go? Certainly one of those questions will be, will they be willing to provide training locations?’

Mr Hagel said a joint team from US Central Command and US European Command will travel to Turkey next week and discuss the different ways it can contribute to the effort to degrade the Islamic State (IS) group militants.

Daily Mail photographer Jamie Wiseman captured the chilling sight of the black ISIS flag which can still be seen flying on the hilltop to the east of Kobane from the Turkish side of the border
The Daily Mail's photographer said the sounds of battle could be heard as Turkish tanks looked over the besieged town 

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KOBANI: ‘ Islamic Forces Control Forty Percent of Syrian Town’

#AceWorldNews – KOBANI – October 10 – Islamic State forces have made new gains in Kobani, now controlling about 40 percent of the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border and might well capture it, Deputy US National Security Adviser Tony Blinken has said.

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, as seen from the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border October 10, 2014. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, as seen from the south-eastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border October 10, 2014. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

“I don’t know what’s going to happen because again in the absence of any ground force there, it is going to be difficult just through air power to prevent ISIL (IS) from potentially taking over the town,”Blinken told reporters at a briefing in London on Friday.

This information is also confirmed by the the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

“They have taken at least 40 percent (of the town),” the head of the monitoring group, Rami Abdulrahman, said by telephone as reported by Reuters.

Islamic State fighters were now in almost complete control of the “security quarter,” which is home to the administrative buildings used by the local government, he said.

The IS militants have seized control over some of the eastern areas of the town and smaller areas in the south of Kobani, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

They have seized the Kurd headquarters also, a monitoring group said.

“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.

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TURKEY: ‘ Foreign Minister Says Ground Operation Against Islamic State Unrealistic On Our Own ‘

#AceNewsServices – TURKEY – October 09 – Turkey’s foreign minister says it cannot be expected to lead a ground operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria on its own.

Turkey has tanks deployed along its border within sight of the fighting inside Kobane

Turkey has tanks deployed along its border within sight of the fighting inside Kobane

Mevlut Cavusoglu also called for the creation of a no-fly zone over its border with Syria after talks in Ankara with new NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg.

Turkey is under intense pressure to do more to help Kurdish forces fighting IS in the strategic Syrian town of Kobane.

Reports say IS has been pushed back towards the outskirts of Kobane.

Earlier monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, quoting “reliable sources”, said IS controlled a third of the town and was advancing towards the centre from eastern districts.

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DAWN2DUSK: ‘ Anti-Coalition Bomb ISIS in Syria and Iraq ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 07 – The US-led coalition is conducting airstrike assault on positions of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) organization in Syria and Iraq.

The strikes involve a mix of fighter, bomber and tomahawk land-attack missiles.

Tuesday, October 7

23:38 GMT:

US-led airstrikes against Islamic State will not destroy the extremists, Pentagon spokeswoman Cmdr. Elissa Smith told RIA Novosti.

“This isn’t going to be solved through airstrikes or military power alone. There has to be more to this than just airstrikes. It doesn’t mean that the airstrikes aren’t important, that they won’t continue or that they aren’t being effective. What it does mean is that airstrikes are just one piece of a much larger strategy that’s going to take some time,” Cmdr. Smith said in a statement.

23:34 GMT:

22:31 GMT:

At least 9 people have reportedly been killed and scores others wounded as pro-Kurdish demonstrators clashed with police in eastern provinces as well as in Istanbul and Ankara, according to local media, as people demand action against the Islamic State.

Protesters clash with riot police in Istanbul, during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with the people of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, October 7, 2014. (Reuters/Osman Orsal)

Protesters clash with riot police in Istanbul, during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with the people of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, October 7, 2014. (Reuters/Osman Orsal)

17:48 GMT:

Turkey has asked the US to step up air strikes to keep Islamic State militants from seizing a key Syrian Kurdish border town, Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said.

Our government and our related institutions have emphasized to US officials the necessity of immediately ramping up air bombardment in a more active and efficient way,” Akdogan said as quoted by TV channel AHaber. (Reuters)

15:48 GMT:

Dutch F-16 jets have undertaken their first strikes on ISIS in Iraq, according to the country’s Ministry of Defense. “Two Dutch F-16s this morning used weapons for the first time in Iraq against the ISIS terror group. They dropped three bombs on armed ISIS vehicles that were shooting at (Kurdish) Peshmerga fighters in the north of the country,” a statement from the department said, according to AFP. “Vehicles were destroyed in the attack and ISIS fighters possibly killed,” it added.

15:48 GMT:

Dutch F-16 jets have undertaken their first strikes on ISIS in Iraq, according to the country’s Ministry of Defense. “Two Dutch F-16s this morning used weapons for the first time in Iraq against the ISIS terror group. They dropped three bombs on armed ISIS vehicles that were shooting at (Kurdish) Peshmerga fighters in the north of the country,” a statement from the department said, according to AFP. “Vehicles were destroyed in the attack and ISIS fighters possibly killed,” it added.

13:19 GMT:

Clashes have erupted across Turkey as Kurdish protesters have taken to the streets against the Islamic State’s advances on the town of Kobani on the Turkish-Syrian border, and what they said was Ankara’s inadequate response to the threat.

12:49 GMT:

Pro-Kurdish demonstrations calling for support of the town of Kobani in Syria, which is besieged by Islamic State militants, swept through Europe.

In Belgium, some 50 activists made their way into the European Parliament building in Brussels.

In London, Kurd protesters occupied Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2.

Demonstrations also took place in Berlin and Rome.

11:30 GMT:

At least 412 people have been killed during three weeks of fighting between Islamic State and Kurdish fighters in and outside the Syrian border town of Kobani, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The estimate, coming from sources on the ground, includes fighters from both sides and civilians, but real figures may be bigger than that.

08:52 GMT:

Tokyo police are investigating reports that a Japanese student tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State militants, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told the media.

Local Asahi Shimbun daily reported that a 26-year-old man, a student at Hokkaido University, was questioned by police after taking a leave of absence. His passport was confiscated, the newspaper said.

02:52 GMT:

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged “all those with the means to do so” to protect the residents of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) in Syria amid the assault from the Islamic State.

“In light of the gross and extensive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law the terrorist group has committed in areas that have fallen under its control in Syria and Iraq during its barbarous campaign, he [Ban] urgently calls on all those with the means to do so to take immediate action to protect the beleaguered civilian population of Ayn al-Arab,” UN said in a press release.

Ban is “following with grave concern the ongoing offensive by ISIL [IS] on the northern Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab, which has already resulted in massive displacement of civilians, including into Turkey, and numerous death and injuries,” the statement continues.

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The US has been carrying out the majority of bombings against Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq since the initial air campaign against the extremists began on August 8, US defense officials told AFP.

US war-planes have conducted 1,768 air-strikes, while Arab and other allied countries have launched 195 strikes against IS jihadists.

Sources: Reuters – RT – AFP – Twitter – Media  

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SYRIA/IRAQ: ‘ Islamic State Raises Black Flag in Kobani ‘

#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 '

‘ 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.

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TURKEY: ‘ Lawmakers Debate New Powers Allowing Foreign Forces Access to their Territory to Fight Islamic State ‘

#AceWorldNews – TURKEY (Ankara) – Turkey’s parliament was debating a motion Thursday to give the government new powers to launch military incursions into Syria and Iraq and to allow foreign forces to use its territory for possible operations against the Islamic State group.

As lawmakers debate in Ankara, the militants pressed their offensive against a beleaguered Kurdish town along the Syria-Turkey border.

The assault, which has forced about 160,000 people to flee across the frontier in recent days, left Kurdish militiamen scrambling Thursday to repel Islamic State extremists pushing into the outskirts of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab.

Associated Press 

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SYRIA: ‘ Islamic State Beheads Seven Men and Three Women Cite Monitoring Group ‘

#AceBreakingNews – SYRIA – October 01 – Islamic State beheaded seven men and three women in a northern Kurdish area of Syria, Reuters said, citing a monitoring group.

The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdulrahman, said Wednesday that five anti-Islamic State Kurdish fighters, including three women, and four Syrian Arab rebels were detained and beheaded on Tuesday.

A Kurdish male civilian was also beheaded, according to Abdulrahman.

He said what happened 14km west of Kobani, a Kurdish town besieged by Islamic State near the Turkish border, was part of a campaign to frighten residents resisting the militant group’s advance.

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‘ US-led Coalition Hit Islamic State Near Turkish Border as Militants Hold Kobani ‘

#AceNewsServices – September 30 – U.S.-led coalition air-strikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish that is under assault by the militants, activists said.

The aerial campaign, which began last week in Syria and last month in Iraq, aims to destroy the extremist faction known as the Islamic State that has seized control of a huge chunk of territory stretching from northern Syria to the western outskirts of the Iraqi capital.

Despite the coalition air-strikes, the militants have pressed their offensive on the town of Kobani, also known by its Arabic name of Ayn Arab, and surrounding villages near Syria’s border with Turkey.

The fighting has created one of the single largest exoduses in Syria’s civil war, now in its fourth year: More than 160,000 fled the area into Turkey the past few days, the U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said.

“Their fear is so great that many people crossed heavily mined fields to seek refuge,” she told the U.N. Security Council.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday’s strikes hit Islamic State fighters east and west of Kobani.

The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, also confirmed the airstrikes on the town’s outskirts.

Both groups attributed the strikes to the U.S.-led coalition.

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‘ Syrian Refugees Seeking Shelter Reaches 100,000 ‘

#AceBreakingNews – TURKEY – September 21 – The number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group’s advance across northern Syria has hit 100,000 in less than a week, an official said Sunday.

The head of Turkey’s disaster management agency, Fuat Oktay, said the figure relates to Syrians escaping the area near the Syrian border town of Kobani, where fighting has raged between IS and Kurdish fighters since Thursday.

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