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Picture of Turkish Army Giving ISIS Weapons and Supplies Before they Head to Kobane (and if this makes your blood boil, you can email your elected folks and tell them to NOT pay Turkey to train coalition fighters as is currently very clearly  in the plan.... then send them articles that the US news forgot to cover)... and BTW these articles are all over and I am only posting one of many ...


Originally posted on The Rojava Report:


Local residents are claiming that ISIS fighters and Turkish soldiers attached to the Karaca military base met last night in the border region near Kobanê, according to an article from DİHA carried by Özgür Gündem. Residents of the village of Boydê who witnessed the event said that the ISIS fighters arrived in vehicles and were provided with certain supplies by the Turkish soldiers before crossing back into Syria.

Locals described how the ISIS fighters arrived in a white minibus with darkened windows and seemed entirely familiar around the Turkish soldiers. They contrasted the treatment received by ISIS fighters with the treatment received by refugees fleeing Kobanê. Fuat Tilgen, a resident of the village who witnessed the events, said he went outside yesterday evening after hearing a number of pistol shots. He explained how two residents of Kobanê who were attempting to cross the border with their animals were captured  by…

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Seems like I'm doing too many Kobani titled posts, or the info gets buried (understandable) by other threads..... And I'm not sure peeps are necessarily interested and don't want to crowd the board i

According to Kurdistan News, Lots of people demonstrated in front of Kurdistan Parliament... with everything going on..... They are demonstrating this one...   Finally!!!! The units of YPG and the

Dear Holy Father, it's my sincerest and deepest prayer that you put an end to this ISIS organization. I pray that you bless those who fight against it with victory. And though I fear who is behind

And here's a word from the guy with the stones of an elephant.....



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan answered questions on his return from his trip to Afghanistan.

To a question on Turkey's role in the coalition against ISIS and the discussions on the Incirlik military base, Erdogan said:

"We do not know what is being asked of us, in regards to Incirlik. We will evaluate the situation when we are clear on this. We will sit with our security officials and discuss what is on the table, if it is suitable to us we will say 'yes', if not then it is not possible for us to approve."

To a separate question on the U.S. confirmation of dialogue with the PYD, Erdogan stated:

"Right now, the PYD is the same as the PKK for us, it too is a terrorist organisation. It is unacceptable for us that a NATO ally of ours like America would openly support a terrorist organisation and expect us to approve of this. It must not expect us to say 'yes' to such a thing. We cannot say yes to this."


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And Iraq Prime Minster Haider al-Abadi gave Turkish  Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu a jingle on the telly and said knock it off.... 





The new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said that he called Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to tell him that "Turkey must not conduct military operations against the PKK in Iraq!"

The Iraqi Prime Minister made the announcement during his speech in parliament on the security situation in Iraq. Abadi said regarding the PKK:

"The PKK is currently fighting alongside us against the terrorist organisations. We have told Turkey that they must cease their military activity within Iraqi borders against the PKK. I told this to the Turkish Prime Minister in a phone call a few days ago."

After Abadi's speech, Musanna Emin, an MP from the Islamic Unity Party, Iraq must officially delist the PKK from its terrorist organisations list.

Musanna Emin said, "The PKK is not a terrorist organisation. We are hoping for you to take this step. The PKK represents the voice of a people."

Meanwhile as the rest of the world calls the town Kobane, the US sensitively refers to the town as a "target-rich environment for the US". Fox News reports:


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Military and White House officials said Friday that the fierce fighting in the Syrian border town of Kobani has created an opportunity to take out large numbers of Islamic State fighters pouring into the battle. 

Though the fighting has raised concerns that the vital town could still fall to the Islamic State, Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of U.S. Central Command, claimed Friday that there's an upside for the U.S. and its allies. 

"The enemy has made a decision to make Kobani his main effort," Austin said, claiming "manpower" is streaming into the area. 

"Now, my goal is to defeat and ultimately destroy ISIL. And if [the enemy] continues to present us with major targets ... then clearly, we'll service those targets, and we've done so very, very effectively here of late," Austin said. 

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest echoed the point, saying the Islamic State is amassing fighters and resources in Kobani. 

"That has created a rather target-rich environment around Kobani for American and coalition air strikes that when they see clusters of fighters or they see depots of material or supplies that are critical to the success of those fighters, it's easier to take them out," Earnest said. 

While touting the opportunity to take out a large number of targets in Kobani, military officials nevertheless cautioned against expecting quick progress in the overall campaign against ISIS, or ISIL. 

"The campaign to destroy ISIL will take time, and there will be occasional setbacks along the way," Austin told a Pentagon news conference, "particularly in these early stages of the campaign as we coach and mentor a force [in Iraq] that is actively working to regenerate capability after years of neglect and poor leadership." 

And he acknowledged "it's highly possible that Kobani may fall." 

While hammering the jihadists daily from the air, the U.S. military is talking of a years-long effort -- one that will require more than aerial bombardment, will show results only gradually and may eventually call for a more aggressive use of U.S. military advisers in Iraq. 

Austin said he believes the Iraqi government will successfully enlist the support of Sunni tribal leaders in Anbar province to turn the tide in that important region, where the militants have made recent gains. 

And he said he sees no imminent threat to the international airport west of Baghdad, where U.S. Apache helicopters are monitoring Islamic State efforts to make inroads on the capital. 

As an example of fresh progress, Austin said Iraqi soldiers on Friday attacked north from Baghdad to Beiji, home to Iraq's largest oil refinery. 

Yet the militants are making gains in some parts, like the Sunni-dominated Anbar province, even as they stall or retrench in other areas. Baghdad is not believed to be in imminent danger of falling but it is "certainly in their sights," Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said. 

The Pentagon is preparing to set up a more formally organized command structure, known in military parlance as a joint task force, to lead and coordinate the campaign from a forward headquarters, perhaps in Kuwait. On Wednesday it formally named the campaign "Operation Inherent Resolve." 

As of Thursday the U.S. had launched nearly 300 airstrikes in Iraq and nearly 200 in Syria, and allies had tallied fewer than 100, according to Central Command. Those figures don't capture the full scope of the effort because many airstrikes launch multiple bombs on multiple targets. Central Command said that as of Wednesday, U.S. and partner-nation air forces had dropped nearly 1,400 munitions.

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This woman was killed today....the day after this interview (yesterday), for reporting on ME news broadcast station, the relationship between the Turkey-ISIS team. She provided the world with documented photos and film of their relationship....and its impact on the Battle of Kobane.... ISIS continues to reinforce their troops through Turkey and continues to shell Kobane as of today... And its doubtful anything will happen in seeking Turkish Intelligence accountability for her death... I salute her as a hero in bringing us the truth, at the expense of her own life, in this brutal, vicious, murderous relationship between Turkey and ISIS team.... 



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Kobane's defenders ally with Syria's mainstream oppositionBy Jonathon Burch 6 hours ago
The YPG has been the main protection force in Rojava. Photo: AFP-Getty Images.

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Syria's main Kurdish rebel group, the People's Protection Units (YPG), confirmed Sunday it was fighting alongside other rebel forces against Islamic State (ISIS) in the besieged town of Kobane and other Kurdish areas.


It said it wanted to strengthen this alliance which was essential to defeating the jihadists.


The announcement appeared to be the strongest rapprochement yet between the YPG and the Western- and Arab-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), who have largely been at odds throughout Syria's civil war and at times have even clashed with each other. The union could mark a significant milestone in the fight against ISIS which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.

“The resistance shown by us, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), and certain factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is a guarantee for defeating ISIS's terrorism in the region. The success of the revolution is subject to the progression of this relationship between all factions and forces of good in this country,” the YPG said in a written statement.

“We can also confirm that there is coordination between us and the important factions of the FSA in the northern countryside of Aleppo: Afrin, Kobane, and al-Jazira. Currently, there are factions and several battalions of the FSA fighting on our side against the ISIS terrorists,” it said.

There have already been reports of battlefield alliances. While it follows a similar joint statement by the YPG and FSA last month, Sunday's declaration appeared to go beyond the need to combat ISIS, indicating the YPG was committed to helping the whole country, not just Kurdish areas.

“We as the YPG reaffirm that we will meet all of our responsibilities towards Rojava and Syria in general,” it said, referring to the Kurdish name for the Kurdish region in northern Syria.

“We will work to consolidate the concept of true partnership for the administration of this country and commensurate with the aspirations of the Syrian people with all its ethnic, religious and social classes,” it said.

The YPG and the FSA, a loose group of non-Islamist rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, have had an ambiguous relationship since the start of the war three-and-a-half years ago.

The FSA has accused the YPG of being allied to Assad and fears its intentions are to carve out a separate Kurdish state. For its part, the YPG has been wary to support the mostly Arab FSA over concerns the Kurds will be ignored in any post-Assad government formed by political factions allied to the FSA. The mistrust has led to both sides fighting each other, most recently in 2013.

The move will likely allay the United States, which revealed last week it had held direct talks with the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the political arm of the YPG. The Kurdish fighters said they were helping the U.S.-led coalition identify ISIS targets for air strikes in the largely Kurdish town of Kobane where the YPG has been battling the jihadists for more than a month.

The U.S. military said on Sunday it had carried out 11 strikes with Saudi Arabia and the UAE near Kobane over the weekend, destroying 20 ISIS fighting positions, five vehicles and two buildings held by the militants.

The air strikes have helped YPG fighters hold off a siege of the town, which sits hard on Turkey's border. However, Sunday saw some of the fiercest fighting inside Kobane, which is still surrounded by ISIS, the group also known as ISIL. The Islamist militants want to seize the town in order to consolidate their grip on a large swath of the Turkish border.

The YPG announcement will also go some way to appease Turkey, which is at odds with the YPG and the PYD and has long called for them to join the main Syrian opposition.

Ankara is opposed to the PYD because of its close links to a Kurdish militant group in Turkey, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been fighting the state for 30 years. Ankara has refused to intervene in Kobane, angering Kurds on both sides of the border. Despite this the PYD's co-leader, Salih Muslim, has held talks with Turkish officials in Turkey as recently as this month.

Apart from joining the main Syrian opposition, Turkey wants the PYD to distance itself from the PKK and to relinquish any ties it says the group has with the Assad government, which Ankara sees as the main instigator of unrest in Syria and which it wants to see overthrown.

While the PYD does not want Turkey's military to get involved in Kobane, it wants it to allow the free passage of weapons and fighters across its soil into the beleaguered town, a request Ankara has refused. On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated that position.

“There has been talk of arming the PYD to establish a front here against the Islamic State. For us, the PYD is the same as the PKK, it’s a terrorist organisation,” Erdogan was quoted as saying by local media.

“It would be very, very wrong to expect us to openly say ‘yes’ to our NATO ally America giving this kind of support. To expect something like this from us is impossible."

Turkey's refusal to help has sparked deadly riots across Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast and is threatening a fragile two-year peace process between Ankara and the PKK. It has also frustrated Washington, which wants Turkey to take a more active role in the coalition fighting ISIS.

But despite the tension, the United States has attempted to dismiss any rift between the two NATO allies and on Sunday the White House said President Barack Obama had phoned Erdogan to discuss the situation in Kobane and “pledged to continue to work closely together to strengthen cooperation against ISIL”.


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From Voice of America 19 Oct


Volunteer aid reportedly blocked

Also on Sunday, Turkish authorities have stopped civic activists from France, Germany and some other EU countries from taking much needed medicines and food supplies to Kobani, volunteers told VOA.

An activist from France, Ari Harki, told VOA’s Kurdish Service from the border near Kobani that Turkish authorities are not only stopping the medical and food supplies but also preventing Kurdish fighters from reentering Syria to fight the militants.

"Turkey is not only preventing us (activists) to cross the border but also Kobani’s residents who brought their kids and elders to the border area to return to the city to fight against the Islamic State," said Harki.

Harki is among ten volunteers from different EU countries who are in Turkey trying to head across the border into Syria with relief goods.  He told VOA that people inside Kobani are in severe need of medicines and medical supplies as most of the city’s hospitals and pharmacies have been destroyed by shelling from Islamist State militants.

Strategic point

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

The four-week Islamic State assault has been seen as a test of U.S. President Barack Obama's airstrike strategy, and Kurdish leaders said the town cannot survive without arms and ammunition reaching the defenders, something neighboring Turkey has so far refused to allow.

The Islamic State group has been keen to take the town to consolidate its position in northern Syria after seizing large amounts of territory in the country and in Iraq.

A defeat of Islamic State militants in Kobani would be a major setback for the Islamists and a boost for the U.S.-led, anti-Islamic State coalition.

The coalition has been bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq since August and extended the campaign to Syria in September.

Iraq strikes; memorials

Meanwhile, Iraqi state television reports that Iraqi airstrikes have killed 60 Islamic State fighters in Anbar province.

Also Saturday, the family of British aid worker David Haines, who was beheaded by the Islamic State group last month, held a memorial service in Scotland. Mourners also honored another aid worker kidnapped and murdered by the militants, Alan Henning.

Islamic State militants had also beheaded two U.S. journalists - James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

The militants said they killed the four Westerners to avenge U.S.-led airstrikes. But many leading Muslim officials condemned militants, calling the murders un-Islamic.

VOA's Scott Bobb contributed to this report from Suruc, Turkey. Kokab Farshori from VOA's Kurdish Service also contributed. Some material for this report came from Reuters.

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The Horror of ISIS... video is NOT graphic. It provides eye witness accounts of what the murderous thugs are up to...




In other news, Pentagon is reviewing plans to arm directly the Syrian Kurds fighting in Kobane.... Given their ISIS head count is the highest yet in any battle... it seems the US peeps running the thing might be well advised to finally get on board....Its reported in the Wall Street Journal... and I didn't re up my subscription so can't post whole article....


Also if you are interested in this news channel.... its Because I'm in such a dense intell area, we get it here on cable... and everyone watches it... You might also have it on your cable depending on the area... . 

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YES !!!! USAF Multiple air drops to Kobane!!!



This must be the effort @jaketapper was tweeting about just now.


Jake Tapper @jaketapper 9m9 minutes ago

U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft delivered weapons, ammo, medical supplies (provided by Kurds in Iraq) to resupply Kurdish forces near Kobani



I requested a link to a news article - he hasn't responded yet.



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Here ya go TG :D


US Airdrops Arms to Kurds in Syrian Town of Kobani
WASHINGTON — Oct 19, 2014, 10:53 PM ET
By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer
Smoke from a fire rises following a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Kobani,... View Full Caption The Associated Press


The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border. The U.S. said earlier Sunday that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the Kobani area.

In a statement Sunday night, U.S. Central Command said U.S. C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. It said they were intended to enable continued resistance to Islamic State efforts to take full control of Kobani.

The airdrops are almost certain to anger the Turkish government, which has said it would oppose any U.S. arms transfers to the Kurdish rebels in Syria. Turkey views the main Kurdish group in Syria as an extension of the Turkish Kurd group known as the PKK, which has waged a 30-year insurgency in Turkey and is designated a terror group by the U.S. and by NATO.

In a written statement, Central Command said its forces have conducted more than 135 airstrikes against Islamic State forces in Kobani.

Using an acronym for the Islamic State group, Central Command said, "Combined with continued resistance to ISIL on the ground, indications are that these strikes have slowed ISIL advances into the city, killed hundreds of their fighters and destroyed or damaged scores of pieces of ISIL combat equipment and fighting positions."

In a conference call with reporters after Central Command announced the airdrops, senior administration officials said three C-130 planes dropped 27 bundles of small arms, ammunition and medical supplies. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity under ground rules set by the White House.

One official said that while the results of the mission are still being assessed, it appeared that "the vast majority" of the supplies reached the intended Kurdish fighters.

The official also said the C-130s encountered no resistance from the ground in Syria during their flights in and out of Syrian airspace.

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It looks like maybe somone in Turkey is finally waking up...I think some political pressure has come to bear.


Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani



Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani, while the United States air-dropped arms for the first time to help the defenders resist an Islamic State assault.


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington had asked Ankara to help "get the peshmerga or other groups" into Kobani so that they could help defend the town on the Turkish frontier, adding that he hoped the Kurds would "take this fight on".


If the reinforcements come through, this may mark a turning point in the battle for Kobani, a town that has become a frontline of the battle to foil Islamic State's attempt to reshape the Middle East.

The Syrian Kurds have struggled for weeks against better armed Islamic State fighters. U.S.-led air strikes have helped the Kurds avoid defeat, but they been unable to resupply fighters besieged on three sides by Islamic State and blocked by Turkey from bringing fighters or weapons over the border.


Ankara views the Syrian Kurds with deep suspicion because of their ties to the PKK, a group that waged a decades-long militant campaign for Kurdish rights in Turkey and which Washington regards as a terrorist organization.


Speaking in Indonesia, Kerry acknowledged Turkish concerns about support for the Kurds, and said the air-drop of supplies provided by the Kurdish authorities in Iraq did not amount to a change of U.S. policy.

He indicated that the battle against Islamic State, a group also known by the acronym ISIL that has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq, was an overriding consideration.


"We understand fully the fundamentals of (Ankara's) opposition and ours to any kind of terrorist group, and particularly, obviously, the challenges they face with respect to the PKK," he told reporters.

But he added: "We cannot take our eye off the prize here. It would be irresponsible of us, as well as morally very difficult, to turn your back on a community fighting ISIL."


Iraqi Kurdish official Hemin Hawrami, writing on his Twitter feed, said 21 tonnes of weapons and ammunition supplied by the Iraqi Kurds had been dropped in the small hours of Monday.

Kerry said both he and President Barack Obama had spoken to Turkish authorities before the air-drops "to make it very, very clear this is not a shift of policy by the United States".



The spokesman for the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) peshmerga fighters said that the Iraqi Kurdish region was ready to send backup forces to Kobani and planning was underway. "There are efforts and we are prepared to send some back-up forces either by land or air," said KRG peshmerga ministry spokesman Jabar Yawar. He said the forces were not en route.


But one Kurdish official in Iraq, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed doubt that any fighters would be deployed to Kobani as they battle Islamic State at home.


The Kurdish administration in Syria has said thousands of fighters are ready to cross to Kobani from other Kurdish areas of northeastern Syria if Turkey allows them to


Turkey's refusal to intervene in the fight with Islamic State has led to frustration in the United States. It has also provoked lethal riots in southeastern Turkey by Kurds furious at Ankara's failure to help Kobani or at least open a land corridor for volunteer fighters and reinforcements to go there.

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The fight in Kobane continues.... it has become the symbolic battle many of us knew it would... for both ISIS and US..

ISIS is pouring in constant resources of men and weapons... through Turkey of course... Peshmerga has not yet headed out for Kobane... Perhaps they are re-figuring priorities??.... Mt Sinjar is surrounded by ISIS, several thousand Yazidi Christian men women and children remain there and face massacre... once again..... Not sure if the US will negotiate with PKK to go back in there and fight to get them out...  These monsters of ISIS need to be eliminated.... off the face of the earth such that there is not a one who is left to carry this sick ideology....

Here is a synopsis of Kobane and the area in general:



TIMELINE – 20th OCTOBER 2014 13.26 GMT – UPDATED 20.42 GMT:

On Sunday, yesterday, at dawn 3 x US C-130 Coalition aircraft dropped 27 packages of weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the besieged Kurds in Kobane.

The aircraft met no resistance from Islamic State (IS) forces on the ground and sources from within Kobane have confirmed that the multiple airdrops arrived safely. “We are hoping for more”, said a Kobane spokesman, adding that they would “help greatly” with their fight against IS.


US C-130 Cargo Planes Airdrop Over Kobane

The weapons and ammunition were supplied by the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq whose President, Massoud Barzani, has been talking to the Americans and the Turks for weeks.

US Central Command reported on Monday afternoon, that six airstrikes near Kobani on Sunday and Monday destroyed IS fighting and mortar positions, an IS vehicle, and one stray resupply bundle from a the U.S. airdrop of Kurdish supplies.

The stray supply bundle was destroyed to  prevent it from falling into enemy hands.  All other resupply bundles were successfully delivered. 

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was informed in advance of the airdrops on Saturday night in a telephone call from President Obama.

Erdogan’s response is not known, but on Sunday he is reported once again as saying that the PYD (the YPG Kurdish fighters political branch) is the same as the PKK (armed Kurdish group in Turkey) and “they are all terrorists”.

However, there has been an announcement by the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, this morning, Monday, that his Government has agreed to allow a force of Kurdish Peshmerga from Iraq to cross Turkish territory to reinforce the fighters in Kobane.

No further details were given, but Cavusoglu also showed no anger at the US airdrop, saying only that,”We have been in full cooperation with the Coalition” and adding “We have no wish at all to see Kobani fall”. BBC Syria news explains why the Turks will allow in Iraq’s Kurdish Peshmerga but not Syrian Kurds to support Kobane.

Fighting over the weekend was fierce on Saturday but quieter on Sunday.

The Islamic State is reported to have dropped around 44 mortar bombs on Kobane on Saturday, some of them landing on Turkish territory across the border, plus driving 2 suicide vehicle bombs towards YPG positions. The bombs were intercepted before reaching their target, but there were some YPG injuries. There is video of one such explosion, HERE:

The Kurds say that the centre of Kobane was attacked from 3 different sides including the municipality building and the market place, but attacks have been resisted and no ground lost.

The Coalition, in conjunction with Kurdish YPG fighters on the ground directed 11 airstrikes against IS positions on Saturday, another 5 on Sunday and 2 early this morning Monday.

3 of the airstrikes on Sunday targeted areas southeast of the city and behind the Cultural Center and 2 others targeted areas near the hospital south of the city.


Coalition Attack on IS in Kobane 18.10.14

Opposition activist sources claim that at least 70 Islamic State fighters have been killed in the last 48 hours and there is an unconfirmed claim originating from Kobane saying that since the fighting there started 133 YPG fighters have been killed, 9 Free Syrian Army (FSA), and 1,294 from the Islamic State.

There is no way of verifying these numbers and they do differ from estimates put out by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), but are not inconceivable considering the number of airstrikes, more than 135 laser guided bombs dropped on Kobane since September 16th.

Interesting report from a wounded fighter FSA fighter on the battles against IS and how they lured them into bomb-rigged buildings and targeted their gatherings with airstrikes, HERE:

Disturbingly, there is an additional a report from SOHR saying that the FSA aligned Raqqah Revolutionary Brigade (RRB), fighting alongside the YPG, had captured 2 Islamic State fighters and subsequently executed them.

One of them was reported as just 15 years old and video had appeared earlier on the Internet of the FSA fighters interrogating him. If true, an action to be condemned and RRB held responsible.

While the YPG and the FSA have often fought against each other in the past, there appears to be increasing cooperation between the 2 groups to fight against IS, not just inside Kobane but elsewhere too.

On Sunday, the YPG put out a statement saying, “We can also confirm that there is coordination between us and the important factions of the FSA in the northern countryside of Aleppo: Afrin, Kobane, and Al-Jazira.

Currently, there are factions and several battalions of the FSA fighting on our side against the ISIS terrorists.” Let’s hope they can extend that cooperation to jointly drive out Assad.

Video of the gallant YPG and YPG HERE:  and another of the YPG and FSA on a joint patrol in the liberated industrial section of Kobane, HERE:

Situation map for Kobane, courtesy of @macroarch, for Saturday 18th October, and little has changed since, here:


Kobane Situation Map 18.10.14


In Iraq, having closed all the exit roads to Mount Sinjar (Shingal) last week, the Islamic State are now honing in on the remaining Yezidi fighters and the civilians living on top of the plateau and any villages on the slopes, by all accounts having them completely surrounded.

Estimates say that there are still between 5,000 – 7,000 people in the area that either refused to leave the top of the mountain or their villages in the region, despite Kurdish officials advising them to do so. The Islamic State regard followers of the Yezidi religion as “devil worshippers” and will almost certainly execute them if they refuse to convert to Islam.

Qasim Shesho, a Yezidi commander on Sinjar mountain for a Yezidi brigade known as the HPS, said that IS began a new attack early this morning, Monday, and that it has continued throughout the day.


Mount Sinjar Shingal Showing Location of Sherfedin Shrine

“A large number of ISIS militants are using nearly 20 Humvee vehicles to fight the Yezidi fighters,” he said.

Following the massacres last August when the Islamic State killed or imprisoned hundreds of Yezidi, trapping them on the Mount Sinjar, many Yezidi men trained with the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Syrian YPG, and formed brigades to defend the area.

The Yezidi fighters say the attack has come from 3 sides after a string of villages were overrun when the exit roads were closed.

So far 16 IS fighters are reported killed and 11 Yezidi but the remaining Yezidi are surrounded on the north side of Mount Sinjar around their holy place, the shrine at Sherfedin.

Units of Peshmerga, YPG and PKK are all thought to be on the mountain but usual supplies brought in by Iraqi Army helicopters have not arrived for the last 20 days.

Latest reports on Monday afternoon say that the Iraqi Air Force made 2 attacks on IS positions by helicopter but that these “failed”. Further details awaited.

Many Yezidi having retreated to the mountain during the August IS invasion arrived with very little and now with winter approaching have even less to protect themselves. Yezidi regard Mount Sinjar/Shingal as sacred and many refuse to leave, preferring to graze their flocks of goats and sheep on the slopes as they have done for generations.

To the Islamic State, the whole Sinjar region, 120 kilometres west of IS-held Mosul, is crucial to their plans to link Mosul to Syria and Raqqah.

Unless the Coalition and other forces come to the rescue, Mount Sinjar is in danger of becoming once again the site of another Islamic State massacre.

Elsewhere in Iraq, the Coalition carried out 6 airstrikes on Sunday and Monday using pilotless drones and jet aircraft from France and the UK.

US Central Command (Centcom) reports today, Monday, on successful strikes against the Islamic State (IS) over the last 2 days, hitting a large IS unit and 3 x IS vehicles south-east of Fallujah and destroying a small IS unit, an IS building and 3 x IS vehicles, plus damaging another IS building south of the Baiji Oil Refinery, west of Mosul.

In addition, Centcom says that Coalition aircraft destroyed 4 x IS boats south of Baiji on the Tigris River and damaged at least 4 more.

Unconfirmed reports say that 94 Islamic State fighters have been killed in Coalition airstrikes over the last few days, including air attacks earlier in the weekend near Tikrit.


Car Bomb Site in Talibiyah, Baghdad

Car bombing however has also continued with another explosion in Baghdad killing 11 and injuring 26 as they left noon prayers at the Shiite mosque in the Sinak area of central Baghdad today, and 18 killed and 28 injured at a funeral at another mosque in the eastern part of the capital on Sunday.

Another explosion by a suicide bomber targeted a funeral ceremony at a Shiite mosque in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, leaving 19 people dead and 28 injured.

3 car-bombs also exploded on Monday in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala, some 100 kilometres south-west of Baghdad, which until now has been relatively unscathed.

According to reports from the north of Iraq 2 Islamic State fighters attempted to set up a vehicle IED to kill Peshmerga forces in Malla Abdulla but accidentally blew themselves up in the process.

A study of Iraq’s suicide bombers, whose “martyrdom” appears on Jihadist websites, over a recent period has revealed that 45% of them are Saudi Arabian nationals.
There are also reports that 33 Iraqi soldiers have been killed by an IS cell at Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad.

Much to the relief of everyone, in and outside of Iraq, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, completed his Cabinet at the weekend, getting Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, a Shia, voted in as Interior Minister and Khaled al-Obeidi, a Sunni, as Defence Minister.


Back in Syria, Assad’s Air Force taking advantage of international media attention on Kobane and Iraq, launched no less than 46 air strikes this morning, Monday, on Opposition centres across Syria. As well as towns in Idlib and Hama provinces other targets were towns and villages in Daraa province and suburbs in Aleppo and Damascus.

In Aleppo the Civil Defence Team once again yesterday rescued 2 little boys from the rubble of another of Assad’s attacks on civilians, HERE:

In Damascus this was the moment when a regime indiscriminate, so-called “elephant” bomb, hit the already largely destroyed suburb of Zamalka, here:



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In addition to weapons which are all US weapons including things like thermal sights, anti armors ... They also got food and water. Its also reported that the air drops will continue as long as ISIS continues to target this city... On the ground contacts are reporting an ISIS body count between 1000 and 1235... (and they are documenting/filming in confirming real numbers)..


Here is a pretty cool synopsis video from a buddy, capturing a lot of the images in my gallery along with images of some of the stuff we've been discussing in here.... Also thought it might be helpful to hear how Kobane is pronounced... lol...Its Ko bonnie.... versus Ko bane... 




Have to still check emails and messages... if anything significant, I'll come back later.....

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Turkish military badges & ID Cards found on Dead ISIS fighters


Oct. 21: Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq U.S. Central Command News Release


October 21, 2014

Release #20141025


TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 21, 2014 - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Monday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct four airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation forces conducted three airstrikes using fighter and attack aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.

In Syria, four airstrikes near Kobani destroyed ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL building, and a large ISIL unit. In Iraq, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL fighting position south of the Bayji oil refinery. Another airstrike southeast of Mosul Dam destroyed one ISIL fighting position and an airstrike north of Fallujah suppressed an ISIL attack. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely. Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.

The U.S. strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project power and conduct operations.

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:twothumbs:TankDude!!! From the documents taken from bodies, many are arriving in Turkey and going directly into battle.... And yeah as far as documents... its unimaginable huh???

There are reports and some video showing ISIS took control of one of the USAF drops.... and they are happy little clams... Apparently they didn't get the memo on GPS

Here's the most recent video out of fighting in Kobane on 21 Oct

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