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Oct 24, 2014

Kurds deny Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) – A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday denied a report from Turkey’s president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let 1,300 Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help defend it against besieging Islamic State insurgents.

President Tayyip Erdogan has long championed the relatively secular Free Syrian Army in the complicated, faction-ridden insurgency against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has repeatedly advocated FSA intervention in Kobani.

Oct 23, 2014

East of Kobani, Turkish town appreciates ‘peace’ brought by Islamic State

AKCAKALE Turkey (Reuters) – Residents of a Turkish border town, an hour’s drive from where Islamic State is battling for control of Kobani, appreciate the quiet they say the Sunni militants brought when they swiftly seized neighboring Syrian territory.

Months of infighting last year between Islamist groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a rebel group aiming to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, kept Akcakale residents on their toes with daily explosions and mortar shells.

Oct 21, 2014

Jailed Kurdish leader says peace talks with Turkey entered new phase

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The jailed Kurdish separatist leader said on Tuesday the peace process with the Turkish government had entered a new phase since Oct. 15 and he was upbeat over the chances of success.

The mid-October date had been seen by some as a deadline for the shaky peace negotiations, which took a blow two weeks ago when at least 35 people died in the worst unrest in Turkey’s southeast in years.

Oct 19, 2014

Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town

URFA Turkey (Reuters) – The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight, sources inside the town and a monitoring group said on Sunday, as Islamic State attacked Kurdish militants with mortars and car bombs.

Islamic State, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, fired 44 mortars at Kurdish parts of the town on Saturday, some of which fell inside Turkey, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said four more were fired on Sunday.

Oct 18, 2014

U.S.-led coalition jets strike Kobani, Islamic State shells hit Turkey

MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.S.-led coalition jets pounded suspected Islamic State targets at least six times in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Saturday after the fiercest shelling in days by the insurgents shook the town’s center and hit border areas within Turkey.

Shelling continued after the strikes hit the center of Kobani. Several mortars fell inside Turkey near the border gate, called Mursitpinar, according to witnesses.

Oct 16, 2014

With Syria at war, can Turkey and Ocalan still bring Kurds peace?

ISTANBUL/SURUC Turkey (Reuters) – As southeast Turkey’s Kurds rioted last week in fury at Ankara’s refusal to rescue the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from advancing Islamists, it was to Abdullah Ocalan that Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu turned for help.

Sitting in jail on the windswept island where he has spent the last 15 years, Ocalan wields more power as a peacemaker than he ever did as the guerrilla commander leading a Kurdish insurgency in which 40,000 people have died.

Oct 16, 2014

Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Syrian town

MURSITPINAR (Reuters) – The advance of Islamic State fighters on Kobani stalled on Thursday according to a monitoring group, after U.S.-led coalition warplanes launched their heaviest bombardment yet on the militants, who have been assaulting the Syrian border town for nearly a month.

Last week Turkish and U.S. officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking Kobani from its heavily outgunned Kurdish defenders, after seizing strategic points deep inside the town.

Oct 16, 2014

Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance

MURSITPINAR (Reuters) – The advance of Islamic State fighters on Kobani stalled on Thursday according to a monitoring group, after U.S.-led coalition warplanes launched their heaviest bombardment yet on the militants, who have been assaulting the Syrian border town for nearly a month.

Last week Turkish and U.S. officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking Kobani from its heavily outgunned Kurdish defenders, after seizing strategic points deep inside the town.

Oct 15, 2014

Kobani air strikes seen more accurate, Kurds give coordinates: monitor

MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.S.-led air strikes killed at least 32 Islamic State fighters in direct hits in Kobani this week because of closer coordination with Kurdish forces on the ground, a monitoring group said, after bombing of the Syrian town intensified.

Kurdish officials said the main Kurdish armed group, the YPG, was giving the coordinates of Islamic State fighters in Kobani to the U.S.-led alliance that is bombing the group in both Iraq and Syria.

Oct 15, 2014

U.S.-led air strikes intensify as Syria conflict destabilizes Turkey

MURSITPINAR Turkey/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – 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.

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.