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Kurdish fighters and Free Syrian Army clash with IS at strategic border town

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 01:15

Video shows Kurdish forces, reinforced by Free Syrian Army rebels, fighting Islamic State militants besieging the strategic town of Kobani on the Turkish-Syrian border. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Kurdish forces, reinforced by Free Syrian Army rebels, fought with Islamic State (IS) militants besieging the strategic town of Kobani on the Turkish-Syrian border on Saturday (September 27). The Sunni Muslim insurgents, who launched their assault on Kobani more than a week ago, besieging it from three sides, took control of high ground to the west of the town and a village to the east amidst fierce fighting. More than 150,000 Kurds have fled Kobani and surrounding villages since last Friday, crossing into Turkey. The U.N. refugee agency has said the entire 400,000 population of the town could flee. Kurds watching the fighting west of Kobani from hills on the Turkish side of the border said they feared an imminent IS assault on the town and called for outside help to deal with the insurgents. The siege of Kobani has fueled Kurdish anger not just at the Sunni insurgents but also against the Turkish state. Kurdish militants fought a three-decade insurgency for greater rights in southeast Turkey, and many Kurds accuse Ankara of supporting the Islamist insurgents against their ethnic kin. Kobani sits on a road linking northern and north-western Syria, and Kurdish control of the town has prevented Islamic State from consolidating its gains. The group tried to take the town in July but was repulsed by local forces backed by Kurdish fighters from Turkey.

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Kurdish fighters and Free Syrian Army clash with IS at strategic border town

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 01:15