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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

https://news.vice.com/video/turkeys-border-war-dispatch-1?utm_source=vicenewsyoutube

 

Turkey's Border War (Dispatch 1)  

October 16, 2014 | 4:18 pm

 

Turkey has closed its border with Syria as Islamic State militants battle Kurdish forces in the Syrian border town of Kobane. Turkish checkpoints and tanks ensure that no one enters or exits the town, while nearby some of the 180,000 refugees who previously fled into Turkey watch helplessly as the fighting unfolds in front of them.

 

VICE News travelled to the Turkish side of the border as US airstrikes hit Islamic State positions in Kobane. As we watched alongside Kurds from both Syria and Turkey, they talked about Turkey's lack of support for the Kurds fighting in Kobane and provided updates on the battle.

 

 

 

 

Life Inside Kurdish Refugee Camps: Turkey's Border War

(Dispatch 2) 

 

Published on Oct 16, 2014

 

When Islamic State jihadists launched a major offensive on the majority Kurdish town of Kobane in September, more than 180,000 people fled across the border into Turkey. Local authorities struggled to cope with the influx at first, and thousands of refugees were forced to sleep on the streets of the Turkish border town of Suruc. Now camps are being set up to provide shelter and other assistance.

With the borders closed and thousands unable to leave Kobane, VICE News visited one of six refugee camps in the town to find out how refugee families — some sharing tents with up to 14 other people — are coping with leaving their homes and livelihoods behind.

 

 

VICE NEWS: https://www.youtube.com/user/vicenews

 

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Looks like YPG/YPJ and Pesh have been kicking tail and taking names. Apparently they have choked off a major Daesh supply route and IS has been unable to take it back... The map looks dramatically different than it did last week... They've been busy... '

 

 

 

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Looks like YPG/YPJ and Pesh have been kicking tail and taking names. Apparently they have choked off a major Daesh supply route and IS has been unable to take it back... The map looks dramatically different than it did last week... They've been busy... '

 

 

 

That Is Great News Rayzur!!

 

 
 
Kurd fighters cut off ISIL key supply road to Kobani

Thu Nov 13, 2014 4:58AM GMT

 

Kurdish forces have reportedly cut off a key route which ISIL Takfiri militants used to resupply their forces in the Syrian city of Kobani.

 

According to Idris Nassan, a local official in the flashpoint city, Kurdish fighters with the assistance of Iraqi Peshmerga fighters, who crossed into Kobani on October 31, managed to retake the strategic hill of Mistanour and the road that runs along the side of the hill on Wednesday.

 

The victory on November 12 was achieved after weeks of violence in the strategic city. Nassan praised the role of the Peshmerga forces in the accomplishment, saying the Iraqi Kurdish forces had been targeting ISIL positions on areas like Mistanour over the past week.

 

"ISIS was using this road for ammunition and fighters," Nassan said, using another name for ISIL.

 

He further noted that recent strikes on ISIL positions halted to a large extent the Takfiri group’s shelling of the city.

 

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that at least 1,013 people had been killed in the fighting in Kobani, known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic, since the beginning of the offensive two months ago.

 

The border town and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with the ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages and killing hundreds of people.

 

According to reports, more than 200,000 Kobani residents have fled across the border into Turkey.

 

The ISIL terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have committed terrible atrocities in both countries, including mass executions and the beheading of local residents as well as foreign nationals.

 

 

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1st US Reporter and MSM filming inside Kobane.... Good to know that several months later, the US is finally able to send someone to inform the US public about something the world has been watching for 2 months...

 

This is the MSNBC News site... can't figure out how to bring in direct. It is pretty good coverage and is the most recent footage from Kobane from any major news anywhere.. :

 

http://www.msnbc.com/andrea-mitchell/watch/inside-kobani--us-led-fight-continues-356036675912

 

 

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/kobani--the-little-city-that-stood-up-to-isis-358662723970

 

 

 

 

PS... TD I vote his helmet is too small, what say you...

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1st US Reporter and MSM filming inside Kobane.... Good to know that several months later, the US is finally able to send someone to inform the US public about something the world has been watching for 2 months...

 

This is the MSNBC News site... can't figure out how to bring in direct. It is pretty good coverage and is the most recent footage from Kobane from any major news anywhere.. :

 

http://www.msnbc.com/andrea-mitchell/watch/inside-kobani--us-led-fight-continues-356036675912

 

 

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/kobani--the-little-city-that-stood-up-to-isis-358662723970

 

 

 

 

PS... TD I vote his helmet is too small, what say you...

 

Maybe its not so much the helmets to small 

Its more rather that his heads to big.   :)

 

Thanks again razor/Tank for the all the updates.

These people have a tough row to hoe.

and right now the world in general is as about as useless as teats on a boar hog. 

This town of Kobane obviously doesn't have the required amount of natural assets thats needed before

other countries including ours will get in to the fight to help.

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I was "off the net" for a few days - helping with a men's religious retreat. 

 

Amazing that the Lame Stream Media even considers this newsworthy really.  It wouldn't be if it wasn't for women holding the front lines I'm thinking.

 

As for the helmet - is he actually using all of the pads?!  He needs an NCO to explain to him how to actually use the equipment, not just reading the instructions. *LOL*


Syria Kurds advance in heart of Kobane

 

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/11/18/Syria-Kurds-advance-in-heart-of-Kobane.html

 

By AFP | Beirut
Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Syrian Kurds fighting the Islamic State group in the flashpoint town of Kobane made new gains Tuesday, expelling the jihadists from several central buildings and seizing weapons, a monitor said.

The advance came hours after the US-led coalition launched four strikes against ISIS positions in central Kobane, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) staged a "special operation" during which they captured six buildings used by ISIS, said the Britain-based group, which relies on a network of sources in Syria.

Thirteen ISIS fighters were killed, it said.

The Kurds "captured a large amount of weapons and ammunition, including RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) rounds, light weapons, sniper guns and thousands of heavy machinegun rounds," the Observatory said.

The US and Arab allies began strikes against jihadist positions in Syria in late September, days after IS launched its assault on Kobane.

Some 1,200 people, mainly fighters, have been killed in the battle for the town on the border with Turkey.

Kobane has become a major symbol of resistance against IS, which has committed widespread atrocities and imposed its harsh interpretation of Islamic sharia law in areas under its control.

Last month, the United States and Turkey warned that the town was teetering on the brink, but analysts say there have been signs the tide is beginning to turn in favour of its Kurdish defenders.

Highly motivated Syrian Kurdish troops are fighting alongside Iraqi peshmerga forces and Syrian rebels that have reinforced the town's defences, backed by US-led strikes on ISIS positions.

The multi-sided Syrian war has killed more than 195,000 people and forced millions from their homes since it began three and a half years ago as an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

On Tuesday, at least 13 civilians, including two children, were killed in regime air strikes on a rebel-held area further east in Aleppo province, the Observatory said.

The strikes came hours after 14 other civilians were killed on Monday night in Al-Bab, an ISIS-controlled town in the same province, it added.

The Syrian government has in recent months stepped up its air strikes against ISIS-held towns dotted across northern and eastern Syria, but most of the casualties have been civilians.

The UN and human rights groups have repeatedly called on all sides in the war, including the Assad regime, to stop using weapons that fail to discriminate between civilians and military targets.

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Kurds say Islamic State militants near defeat in Kobani

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-kobani-kurds-20141117-story.html

 

By Umar Farooq
 
Kurdish defenders say they're nearing victory over Islamic State militants in Syrian city of Kobani
U.S.-led airstrikes and Kurdish reinforcements turning the tide in fight for Syrian city of Kobani, say Kurds
 

Kurdish forces say the battle against Islamic State for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani has turned definitively in their favor following weeks of punishing U.S.-led airstrikes and the arrival of Kurdish reinforcements from Iraq.

 

Commanders belonging to the Popular Protection Units – YPG, by its Kurdish initials – said the intensive bombardment in recent days had allowed their fighters to seize several strategic hills from Islamic State militants.

 

The U.S Central Command on Monday reported nine new airstrikes in the Kobani area, hitting Islamic State fighting positions, staging areas and one “tactical” militant unit.

 

About 250 Islamic State fighters remain in Kobani, concentrated in the southeastern corner of town, Rafiq Baradar, a YPG commander from Kobani, said during a visit to the Turkish border town of Suruc.

“They will probably be finished in four or five days,” Baradar said in an interview here.

 

But the Kurds say it will likely take weeks and possibly months to clear traces of the militants from the area, in part because of lingering snipers, roadside bombs and explosive-rigged buildings. Islamic State also seized scores of villages outside Kobani that must be secured, the Kurds note.

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Tankdude, if it wasn't for you and Rayzur bringing us this information it would be by passed easily.  Thanks for reporting to us. 

 

Good job, and I mean it.  :twothumbs:

Yep his helmet looked small, didn't even cover all his ears. 

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With Rayzur out of town I thought I'd give you this update...

 

The Kurdish forces were doing great after the reinforcements came in from Iraq... they had pretty much taken back control of the entire city and were doing "mop up" (clearing mined buildings) street by street.

 

As most who have been following this know there was fierce battles over the only access point with the Turkish border around the time the Iraqi Kurds were to arrive. They not only kept it open but they had secured it very well and were holding it just fine... until this weekend that is...

 

MP urges probe into claims about ISIL attack from Turkey
 
Turkey’s Peoples’ Democratic Party lawmaker, Faysal Sariyildiz

Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:3PM GMT

 

A pro-Kurdish lawmaker has called for a state investigation into claims that ISIL Takfiri militants have used Turkish soil to carry out an attack on the Syrian border city of Kobani.

 

People’s Democratic Party lawmaker, Faysal Sariyildiz, on Sunday pressed Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu over Ankara’s possible role in the incident.

 

"Has any investigation been launched yet into the allegations that an explosive-laden car, said to be coming from Turkey, exploded as it crossed into Kobani from the Mursitpinar border post?" Sariyildiz said in a written parliamentary question to Davutoglu.

 

On Saturday, Kurdish sources reported that the explosives-laden vehicle had come from Turkish territory.

 

Sariyildiz also demanded answers on whether the Turkish government evacuated border villages for security reasons or facilitating the transition of ISIL militants on the border with Syria.

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said on Saturday that the ISIL militants were firing on the positions held by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) from inside Turkish territory.

 

At least 17 ISIL terrorists and seven Kurdish fighters were reportedly killed during skirmishes between the two sides on Saturday.

 

Observers argue that Turkey has the military and technical knowhow to be aware of such operations in advance.

 

Ankara has denied that the car involved in the strike had come from its territory.

 

Turkey, which has a 900 kilometer border with Syria, has been criticized by the international community for allowing militants to freely pass into Syria.

 

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in a Friday interview with the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen TV that Turkey was impeding efforts to counter the ISIL.

 

Muallem also called on the United Nations to force Turkey into applying more controlling measures on its borders to stop militants from joining the ISIL in Syria.

 

 

 

And now this...

 

 

Turkey bombards Kobani, wounds civilians and Kurdish fighters
 

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Smoke rises following an explosion in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani on November 2, 2014.
 
Tue Dec 2, 2014 1:12AM GMT
 

Turkey bombards the Syrian border city of Kobani, wounding civilians and Kurdish fighters in the strategic area.

 

“Under the pretense of stopping an ISIS attack on Turkey, the Turkish army bombarded the center of Kobani with tanks and artillery,” Kurdish newspaper Rudaw quoted Anwar Muslim, the co-chairman of Kobani, as saying on Saturday.

 

“A number of civilians and fighters have been wounded,” Muslim added.

Urban warfare was raging on in different parts of the key city between ISIL militants and fighters belonging to the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) and Peshmerga forces, he further said.

 

“The YPG and Peshmerga have countered all the attacks, the fighting is still going on and we have a number of wounded,” Muslim said.

 

He also pointed that Kurds are in control of most parts of Kobani, adding that the Takfiri militants have “mined the few parts of the city that are under their control.”

 

The ISIL Takfiri militants battling Kurdish forces in Kobani mounted an attack along the border between the flashpoint city and neighboring Turkey on Saturday.

 

Kobani defense chief, Ismet Hassan, said that ISIL members detonated a car bomb at the Syrian side of the border between the city and neighboring Turkey, followed by a fierce exchange of fire between the terrorists and Kurdish fighters.

 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosive-laden car crossed over from the Turkish side of the border.

 

The UK-based group said on November 9 that more than 1,000 people had been killed in the battle for Kobani since the beginning of the fight in mid-September.

 

As a result of the violence, more than 200,000 Kobani residents have also fled across the border into Turkey.

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Thanks Maggie I was hoping for better news for Kobani.

 

YW Watercop... I sure was too.

 

With Turkey now "officially" bombing Kobani... the whole region is going to blow up. The Turkish Kurds had protested so hard to be able to go in and help.... and they were prevented from that with tanks and bullets. This is probably going to start a full out war between them and the Turkish guberment... and the Syian Kurds?... They are just cannon fodder now. Like Dog said "too bad they didn't have oil".

 

BTW... the UN has run dry of funds to feed the hundreds of thousands of refugees sitting right in the middle of all this.

 

If you stop listening to the "talk" and look at the "walk"... The US was not sincere in helping Kobane... ie: bombing the hell out of Kobane infrastructure... what they needed was more ground support and the US could have made that happen via Iraqi/Turkish Kurds, having technology that allows them to see a dang license plate 24/7 yet they "missed" all those tanks and caravans of ISIS reinforcements traveling through the desert... also the ability to know full well what Turkey was/is doing in funneling ISIS across the border    US ("accidentally") dropping weapons to ISIS...

 

Now we have the US (500 million of our tax dollars) going to Turkey this month to train and arm more "moderates" (ISIS puppets) and the US and Turkey's military actively engaged in Syria along with Saudi and Qatar... (Our Coalition Pals) all who are the creators, founders and supporters of ISIS.

 

What an evil world we live in and seem to condone by our own stupidity or apathy...

I don't know which is worse. We are still responsible... regardless.

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I'm missing Rayzur's posts - so I'm resurrecting this one.

 

Anyone heard from her?

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/inside-kobane-2015-1

 

I was hoping she would e-mail me directly like she has in the past .

Im beginning  to worry she may have went over there.

Knowing razur I wouldn't put it past her.

Man isis is going to be in a world of hurt if she did.   :)

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Watercop and Snowglobe - I'm with you. I think prayers are in order for her safety.  Hopefully she is safe in whatever "secret squirrel" situation she is in.

 

I agree with Dog to - I'd hate to have Rayzur after me...*lol*.

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I was hoping she would e-mail me directly like she has in the past .

Im beginning  to worry she may have went over there.

Knowing razur I wouldn't put it past her.

Man isis is going to be in a world of hurt if she did.   :)

Well said Dog...I'm joining you in wanting to know  if she's ok... I do ( like all of us, I know) hope so

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Well said Dog...I'm joining you in wanting to know  if she's ok... I do ( like all of us, I know) hope so

 

 

For all those that worried about Rayzur, she is fine. Just got an email that she is back in country for a few days then is off again on assignment for who know's how long. She said to say hello.

 

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      Thus, after the Arab spring uprising in 2011, the US ambassador to Syria pulled the equivalent of what we now call a “Yats” or an organized campaign to overthrow the government to which he was accredited; and in short order the R2P ladies aid society in the White House (Susan Rice and Samantha Powers) made the State Department’s maneuvering to undermine Syria’s constitutionally elected government official policy, proclaiming that Bashar Assad “has to go”.
       
      In no time, the Kurdish enclaves in Syria essentially declared their independence, and reached a modus vivendi with Damascus. Namely, they would keep Assad’s main enemy—the majority Sunni Arabs—-out of the Kurdish enclaves on the central and eastern Syrian border with Turkey in return for being left alone and exempt from visitations by the Syrian air force.
       
      Needless to say, that looked to the Turks like collaboration with Assad—whose removal from power ranks far higher on Ankara’s priority scale than making war on ISIS. On the other hand, Turkey’s proposal to staunch the flood of Kurdish and other Syrian refugees across its border by occupying a 20 mile “buffer zone” inside Syria is seen by the Kurds as a plot against them.
      As Bloomberg explains,
      Kurds say the plan is aimed at crushing their nascent autonomous administration, carved out during Syria’s three-year civil war as Assad’s government lost control of their part of the country. Turkey says the Syrian Kurds are collaborating with Assad and should have been fighting him. Meanwhile, the modern-day George Washington of the Kurdish peoples, Abdullah Ocalan, who has languished in a Turkish prison on an island outside Istanbul since 1999, warns that if Turkey does not come to the aid of Kobani his negotiations with Erdogan might end and the three decade civil war which had resulted in 40,000 Turkish deaths might resume.  Yet as one expert in the region further explained to Bloomberg, coming to the aid of the Kurdish militia affiliated with the PKK would go beyond the pale for Ankara:
       
       

      It’s “unthinkable” for Turkey to go beyond that and assist PKK-linked groups such as the Syrian Kurds, according to Nihat Ali Ozcan, an analyst at the Economic Policy Research Foundation in Ankara.
      “No Turkish politician can explain to the public why the government is aiding the PKK and its affiliated groups after fighting against it for 30 years,” he said by phone.

      In short, the region’s logical bulwark against ISIS—-the huge, modern, lethal Turkish military—is stymied by a tide of Kurdish irredentism that Washington’s “regime change” policy has elicited all around it and within Turkey’s own borders. In fact, it now has two rump Kurdistan’s on its borders and its huge internal Kurdish population bestirred and mobilized in a pan-Kurdish drama. Rather than progressing toward internal political settlement, the Kurdish political leadership in Ankara—-which has supported Erdogan in return for lavish economic development funds in Kurdish areas—is now openly critical:

      “The people of Kobani feel deserted and furious,” Faysal Sariyildiz, another pro-Kurdish legislator, said yesterday.

      The current activities of the Turkish military on the border check-by-jowl with the ISIS militants laying siege to Kobani say it all. On the one hand, they are managing the flow of Syrian Kurdish refugees desperately fleeing across the border. At the same time, they are systematically attempting to stop the inflow of native Turkish Kurd fighters streaming toward Kobani to join the defense of their kinsmen. Ankara clearly does not want Turkish Kurds to become battle-trained in urban warfare. So far, however, they have apparently not fired even a single round of artillery at the ISIS-manned American tanks that are within a kilometer of an epic slaughter in Kobani.
       
      Vice-President Biden was right for once. Washington has no real allies in the region because they all have another agenda. Turkey is focused on its near enemy in the Kurdish regions and its far enemy in Damascus, not the ISIS butchers who have laid claim to the Sunni lands of Euphrates valley in parts of what used to be Iraq and Syria. The Qataris want Assad gone and a new government—even one controlled by ISIS—which will grant them a pipeline concession through Syria in order to tap the giant European market for their immense natural gas reserves.
       
      Likewise, the Saudi’s want to destroy the Assad regime because it is allied with their Shiite enemy across the Persian Gulf in Iran and because they fear their own abused Shiite populations which are concentrated in their oilfield regions. Consequently, they see the fight against ISIS as essentially a pretext for escalating their war against Damascus, and are not even interested in bombing the non-ISIS jihadi like the Nusra Front that they see as allies in the campaign against Assad.
       
      At the end of the day, Obama’s air campaign amounts to nothing more than a glorified international air force training exercise. Pilots and air crews from the UK, Denmark, Belgium, France, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan etc.  will get to run a few live fire sorties at politically correct targets. So the Brits will bomb in Iraq but not Syria; the Saudi’s will bomb ISIS targets close to Assad-held territories, but NOT Nusra Front positions; and the Qataris will go along for the ride pretending to help, even as they preserve deniability that they ever dropped an actual bomb for that day down the road when they seek to make a pipeline deal with the Islamic State.
      Never in recorded history has the US conducted a more feckless, pointless, and strategically irrational war.
      Indeed, the real lesson is that by inserting itself into tribal and sectarian conflicts in these pockets of anarchy Washington only succeeds in generating more of the same. That is exactly what the siege of Kobani is all about.
      So maybe Joe Biden could explain this to the big thinkers in the White House. If the Turks are unwilling to stop an easily preventable mass slaughter by ISIS on their own doorstep what kind of fractured and riven coalition has Washington actually assembled?
       
      And how will this coalition of the disingenuous, the hypocritical and the politically opportunistic ever succeed in bringing peace and stability to the historic cauldron of tribal and religious conflict in Mesopotamia and the Levant that two decades of Washington’s wars and regime change interventions have only drastically intensified?
       
      By all accounts and as so dramatically portrayed by the siege of Kobani, eliminating the threat of ISIS is not now, nor was it ever the target of  Washington's coalition. The American people have  been led into a disingenuous war leaving the world to wonder what if anything, will happen to engage accountability in redirecting the  focus on the ISIS target they were sold.
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