ISIS Raises Flag In Town Near Turkey Border

ISIS Raises Flag In Town Near Turkey Border
    ISIS Raises Flag In Town Near Turkey Border
    ISIS Raises Flag In Town Near Turkey Border
    Militants raise the black flag over part of Kobani as two Tornados drop bombs on Islamic State targets near Ramadi.
    Islamic State militants have apparently captured part of a town close to the Syrian border with Turkey after days of fierce fighting.

    The extremist group raised its black flag on a building on the eastern side of Kobani, where Kurdish fighters have been involved in clashes after a nearly three-week siege of the town, according to Reuters.

    A second flag has also been reportedly raised on a hillside overlooking the town.
    More than 2,000 people were being evacuated from the town as the militants advanced.

    Idris Nahsen, a Kobani official, had said the militants were less than a mile from the town, which was hit by rockets and mortars during fighting over the weekend.
    The US also carried out three airstrikes targeting IS positions near the town in Syria on Sunday.

    The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed at least 33 IS militants and 23 Kurdish defenders were killed during the fighting.

    One shell was fired from inside Syria and hit a house in the Turkish village of Buyuk Kendirci, injuring four people.

    IS began its advance on Kobani on 16 September, forcing around 186,000 people to flee across the border into Turkey.

    It has seized swathes of Syria and Iraq - including a long stretch of the Syria-Turkey border - after declaring an Islamic caliphate in June.

    Elsewhere, at least 30 people were killed in two suicide attacks on checkpoints run by Kurdish fighters in Syria's northeastern city of Hasakah, which is close to the borders of both Turkey and Iraq.

    The Turkish parliament authorised involvement in the campaign against IS last week, but no military operations have been announced.

    Turkey's defence minister said NATO has drawn up plans to defend the country - a member of the military alliance - if it was attacked.

    It comes after a masked IS militant was filmed murdering British aid worker Alan Henning and threatening US hostage Peter Kassig in a video released on Friday.

    The Ministry of Defence said two Tornado fighters had dropped Paveway bombs on IS targets near Ramadi, in Iraq, on Sunday night.

    The RAF jets, based in Akrotiri, Cyprus, attacked IS forces who were shooting at Iraqi troops from a building near the city.

    A leader from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a Taliban ally that has been based in Pakistan's tribal belt since 2001, has declared its support for IS.

    IMU was set up in the 1990s and is listed as a terrorist group by the US.

    On Saturday, the Pakistani Taliban vowed to send fighters to help IS in Iraq and Syria and said it would set aside its differences with extremist groups in the region.
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