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Kurds cross Turkey border to join anti-ISIS fight

2014-09-26 22:27

Mursitpinar - Hundreds of Kurds on Friday broke through the Turkish border into Syrian territory to join Kurdish forces battling the advance of Islamic State (ISIS) militants around the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab.

Turkish security forces have on previous occasions halted activists from moving into Syria to fight IS, sparking clashes with local Kurds on the border.

Turkey is hosting over 160 000 refugees who fled Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane to the Kurds, from the advance of IS jihadists who have carried out a wave of atrocities including beheadings.

But others are also now keen to move in the other direction to join the fight.

Turkish and Syrian Kurds on both sides worked to pull down the barbed wire and mesh border fences, as well as the concrete border posts around the border crossing of Mursitpinar, an AFP photographer said.

The Kurds from the Turkish side of the border, including people who had originally fled from Ain al-Arab, moved onto the Syrian side, saying they wanted to fight IS and save their homes.

Once over the border, they were given an emotional welcome by fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish rebel group operating on Syrian territory, pro-Kurdish Firat news agency reported.

Turkish security forces did not impede the movement of Kurds over the border back to Syria on this occasion.

The movement came amid new reports on Kurdish news media that IS was renewing its assault around Ain al-Arab which is just a few kilometres south the Turkish border.

Kurdish rebels who have been fighting the Turkish authorities for self-rule in a bloody 30-year insurgency had warned about the future of Turkey's own peace process if Kurds were not allowed to cross the border into Syria.

Meanwhile, the Turkish army said a mortar shell fired from Syria during the clashes there landed on an empty field on the Turkish side of the border. It caused no damage nor casualties.

Comments
  • Slarty Bartfast - 2014-09-26 22:33

    Religion of Peace at it again

  • Cg Tours - 2014-09-26 22:47

    At Least the Kurdish people of Turkey have the courage to try and protect,help, defend other Kurdish,AND christians AND muslims from different sects, all just innocent citizens,women, children included, from being absolutely brutally murdered by these Monsters. !All these people want is just a safe life somewhere with human rights ad no oppression.So very tragic.

  • Waine Smith - 2014-09-26 22:54

    Sounds flipping complicated....

  • Ennio Morricone - 2014-09-27 05:07

    Caliph( Baghdad A

  • Ennio Morricone - 2014-09-27 05:31

    The Maliki caused the formation of Isil, this man caused bitterness amongst the minority by mistreating, sidelining Sunnis & kurds since Saddams fall. Today this terror group will never go anywhere, they are so powerful, just last Sunday killed more than 300 iraq soldiers, thus very strange

      Nigel van Ysendyk - 2014-09-27 09:17

      AL Bashar is just as much to blame as Malaki for the formation of IS, but I agree Malakis sidelining of Sunnis was a stupid mistake, they had a chance at democracy which the US spent Billions on & what do they do, adopt separatism, back to Sadam Hussein days, will they learn this time?

  • kwinika.m - 2014-09-27 06:48

    Alahu Akbar ....boom, boom .....! Killing each other. This is Peace. This is tolerance .....!!!!

  • Anthoula Joshua - 2014-09-27 07:56

    My heart breaks for the refugees. Old people and small children literally taking on the harshest of elements running for their lives. This evil must be stopped immediately. I pray for them. I pray that by Christmas they can be back in their homes safely. I pray that they find those loved ones that got lost fleeing for their lives. I pray for the countries such as Turkey taking them in and giving them safety and shelter. God be with them. God be with the military forces taking on this worst of evil groups the world has ever seen.

  • Ngubengwekazi Afrika - 2014-09-27 08:09

    Only a hundred!

  • Nigel van Ysendyk - 2014-09-27 09:12

    Well done Kurds, the Turkish Govts inaction is a disgrace, they will pay for this, IS will invade them as well. Time to wake up Turkey.

      Steven Burrell - 2014-09-27 11:00

      doubtful, turkey has one of the largest ground based armies in the world

  • Neil Roux - 2014-09-27 23:29

    Yes with backing of their US masters.IS is just growing so fast that it's impossible to stop them now.They are estimated to be about 50 000 strong already and growing.Strange thats its only Western nations and the oil sheiks that's getting really nervous.Maybe too scared of a Islamic Republic of their own that can tell the westerners to go f off and that can control the oil.Lets be honest how rich have the West become cause of oil and wars.Its Iraqi oil but western companies have been stealing for years and years.and things are changing.

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