Friday, June 26, 2015

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

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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.
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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:
http://www.smh.com.a … 20150625-ghxzpj.html

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