Thursday, June 25, 2015

Syria: Islamic State attacks border town of Kobane in new offensive


Islamic State has launched a two-pronged offensive in northern Syria after several setbacks, re-entering the symbolic battleground town of Kobane and seizing parts of the city of Hasakeh.

In southern Syria, an alliance of rebel groups, including the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, also attacked government-held areas of the city of Daraa.

Analysts said the surprise Islamic State assaults on Thursday were aimed at diverting Kurdish forces after they scored a series of victories and advanced on the jihadists’ Syrian stronghold of Raqa.

Kobane, on the border with Turkey, became an important symbol in the battle against Islamic State after the group launched a bid to take it last year.

The News: … 20150625-ghxzpj.html



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