IS jihadists ‘seize parts of key Syrian town’

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SURUC, Turkey: Islamic State jihadists penetrated the key Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border Monday and seized three districts in the city’s east after fierce fighting with its Kurdish defenders.

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Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, has become a strategic battleground between the IS group and its opponents, who include the United States and its Western and Arab allies.

The jihadists launched their latest assault on Kobane after a three-week siege with a wave of suicide bomb attacks, Mustefa Ebdi, a Kurdish activist from the town, said on his Facebook page.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the IS militants wrested three areas after day-long battles.

“They have taken the industrial zone, Maqtala al-Jadida and Kani Arabane in eastern Kobane after violent combat with Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters” who had far fewer men and arms, it said.

AFP

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