Kurds battle for heart of Kobane

2014-10-11 20:51
Smoke rises from shelling in the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds. (Aris Messinis, AFP)

Smoke rises from shelling in the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds. (Aris Messinis, AFP)

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Mursitpinar - Kurdish fighters on Saturday stopped a thrust by Islamic State group jihadists towards the heart of the battleground Syrian town of Kobane after the UN warned thousands of civilians risked massacre.

The pre-dawn attack came after the IS militants overran the Kurdish headquarters in the border town on Friday, sparking fears they would cut off the last escape route to neighbouring Turkey.

But US officials warned that while world attention is focussed on Kobane, the jihadists have been piling pressure on government troops in neighbouring Iraq, leaving the army in a "fragile" position in the Anbar province between Baghdad and the Syrian border.

The renewed IS drive on the centre of Kobane sparked 90 minutes of heavy fighting with the town's Kurdish defenders before the jihadists fell back, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

US-led coalition warplanes also carried out two air strikes on IS targets south and east of the town early on Saturday, according to the Britain-based monitoring group, which has a wide network of sources inside Syria.

US-led warplanes have intensified air strikes against IS, which has been attacking Kobane for three weeks, but the Pentagon has said that there are limits to what can be done without troops on the ground.

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