God save the Kurds!
Call your Senator and Congressman and ask them to support the Kurds in their fight against ISIS. Women are on the front line, driving back war criminals.
CNN just reported ISIS raised several black flags over Kobane, and now can not be bombed because they are no longer the open. CNN mentions Turkish tanks that did nothing while ISIS armor was sitting ducks. Is the Turkish president expecting the U.S. troops to go in and take Kobane back? They claim they want the U.S. to create a no-fly zone. What a bunch of momma’s boys!
Syrian Kurds have pushed back fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from an area of high ground known as the Mishtenur hill, overlooking the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ayn Arab, on the border with Turkey.
ISIL had attempted to storm the town from both east and west of the strategic hill, but Kurdish fighters repulsed the attack on Sunday, said the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
ISIL had seized part of Mishtenur hill late on Saturday, but US-led air strikes slowed their advance.
However, Idris Nahsen, a Syrian Kurdish official, complained there was no co-ordination between coalition commanders and Kurdish fighters on the ground.
The observatory said ISIL fired at least 10 rockets at the town of Kobane on Sunday.
ISIL fighters are said to have been firing tank shells and mortars as they try to break the Kurds’ hold on the town.
The latest fighting came a day after a Kurdish female fighter blew herself up at an IS position on Sunday, the observatory said.
Suruc, Turkey – As ISIL made progress towards the tomb of the Ottoman Empire founder’s grandfather, Turkey this week deployed troops along its border with Syria. But locals say: “They are there just to watch.”
The Turkish military is now scattered throughout Suruc, with heightened security, including new checkpoints along roads entering villages bordering Syria. In Mursitpinar alone, a village bordering the battleground town of Kobane, about 50 tanks have been deployed, while police have stocked up on weapons and artillery. Lawmakers in Turkey, a NATO member with a large and modern military, said this week, they would allow action to “defeat attacks directed towards our country from all terrorist groups”.
But while Turkey gears up to play a more robust role in the US-led coalition against ISIL, it has not specifically defined what that role might be – and residents in the area say it is thus far “idle”.
“Firstly the Turkish government took a long time to take any action, and now that they are taking action, it is not sufficient. They have just deployed their military to protect their own land here, but are in no way helping the Kurds in this fight,” Aslan Mehmoud – a 54-year-old Syrian Kurd from Kobane, who is now living in Mursitpinar while his brothers help fight ISIL – told Al Jazeera.