Turkish tanks reinforce border as I. S. shells Syrian town

kobani syria mapTurkish tanks and armoured vehicles took up positions on hills overlooking the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday as shelling by Islamic State insurgents intensified and stray fire hit Turkish soil, a Reuters correspondent said.

At least 30 tanks and armored vehicles, some with their guns pointed towards Syrian territory, were positioned near a Turkish military base just northwest of Kobani. Plumes of smoke rose up as shells hit the eastern and western sides of Kobani and sporadic bursts of machinegun fire rang out.

“We have taken the border under full control. We have ramped up our security measures in the Suruc region,” Interior Minister Efkan Ala told reporters in Istanbul, referring to the area on the Turkish side of the border with Kobani.

A local official inside the besieged town said Islamic State continued to bombard it from the east, west and south and that the militants were 10 km (6 miles) from the outskirts.

“From the morning there have been bomb shellings into Kobani and not one rocket, but maybe about 20 rockets,” Idris Nassan, deputy foreign minister in the Kobani canton, said by telephone.

Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which monitors Syria’s civil war, said at least 15 mortar rounds had landed on Kobani on Monday, killing at least one person. He said Islamic State fighters had advanced to within 5 km of the town.

At least two shells hit Turkish territory on Monday. The Turkish military said earlier it had fired back on Sunday after two mortar bombs crossed the border. Ambulances shuttled to and from the border, sirens blazing.

Islamic State insurgents launched their assault on Kobani, a predominantly Kurdish town also known as Ayn al-Arab, more than a week ago, besieging it from three sides and sending more than 150,000 Kurds fleeing into Turkey.

“Because of the bombs everyone is running away, we’ve heard people have been killed. The YPG (Kurdish forces) have got small weapons but Islamic State has big guns and tanks,” said Xelil, a 39-year old engineer who fled Kobani on Monday.

“Most people are leaving now, it was safe before but now with these bombs, people won’t stay,” he said.

Turkey has so far declined to take a frontline role in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, but President Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkish troops could be used to help set up a safe haven for refugees inside Syria if there is international agreement.

Ankara’s caution stems in part from its concern about links between Syrian Kurds and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a militant group which has waged a three-decade armed campaign against the Turkish state for greater Kurdish rights.

Asked how Turkey would respond if a full Islamic State assault on Kobani pushed Kurdish fighters to the Turkish border, Ala said they would not be allowed in with their weapons.

“We would not be sympathetic towards armed groups coming into Turkey,” he said. “If they are running away from violence they should be dropping weapons and then entering Turkey. We cannot allow criminals to come into Turkey with their arms.”

Reuters

  • 5thDrawer

    Well there’s the word from the fathead Turks. The Kurds have to stay to the last man standing.
    Maybe they should get closer to the border and place Turkey at their backs … the world would then know who the backstabbers were if ISIS was allowed to shoot toward Turkey.
    But it would also be a real shame if it was only the 50 last ISIS guys rolling in to ‘take’ the town … and they would surely be upset to find there were no heads left to chop off.

    • Hind Abyad

      The fathead Turks want ISIS to finish the Kurds for them..
      http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/%E2%80%98we-will-turn-koban%C3%AA-hell-isis%E2%80%99

      • 5thDrawer

        I always liked good unions …..

        • Hind Abyad

          …what about unions in marriage?

          • Maborlz Ez-Hari

            I prefer my unions with kibiy nay.

          • 5thDrawer

            one.

          • Maborlz Ez-Hari

            Sounds like a proposal to me!!! You were supposed to say “I do”………

          • 5thDrawer

            I hate to lead them on, Maborlz … but once ‘ground rules’ are established …. anything is allowed … 😉

      • MaImequer0

        oooohhhh. a new conspiracy… That’s funny sweetie…☻

      • 5thDrawer

        Yes, of course … at least, the Kurd-sect who fought them for 30 years …
        I do think This guy has some points …
        http://www.bbc.com/news/world-29561467

        But the reality is that ALL those ancients sects have been fighting so long they don’t know who to side with anyway. It’s about ‘power’ and not ‘humanity’.
        ‘We opened a field for your women & kids to sit in, after all. Can’t let the men who brought them here go back to fight … it might seem we were helping against ISIS … who sort of sneaked over and around us (not our fault), as we were hoping Assad would go down sooner.’
        ‘Tell you what … if ‘The Coalition’ whacks Syria Army as well as terrorists, we’ll allow our terrorist Kurds to go back … even give them some bullets to carry in.’

        • Hind Abyad

          Sick sick man sneaky Turk. We know Turkey is ISIS ally, Centcom watched ISIS long convoy move from Rakka in direction to KOBANE, ErDog asked not to strike, US was dismayed (but they know, still they need Turkey strategical place), before that ErDog refused to join the Coalition attacks on ISIS, the plan was for ISIS to take Kobane and give it to Turkey, en plus Erdog wants to go into Syria why if he doesn’t attack ISIS? Cause he wants his old Ottoman Empire.
          The shrine to the Armenian Genocide bothered ErDog, too near his borders, ISIS blew it up.
          How can they destroy ISIS, it’s not a state, how many years are they going to play this comedy. I have two interesting articles for you.

          http://alethonews.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/arabs-beware-the-small-states-option/

          http://linkis.com/wp.me/MMhQy

          • 5thDrawer

            Yes … supremely interesting … and as I always said, Business tops the charts.
            Even when the advertising is slightly misleading … and even when people know it is, they buy what they wish for.
            In Lebanon, as in manufactured ‘lemon’ cars, the break-down occurs after the warranty is gone. (see ‘electricity 101’.)
            Some buy ‘new’ … but most others go back to the same manufacturer.

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Time for a laugh, What do you get when you cross a Turk with a Kurd?

    • Hind Abyad

      Uhumm…

  • Hind Abyad

    -Moderate FSA General Okaida worked closely with ISIS (on se fait fourrer par tout le monde).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piN_MNSis1E&feature=youtu.
    Takbir Takbir

    -Robert Ford says US should apologize in Arabic-media language for striking our Syrian Allies, Al Nusra is a moderate force engaged in fighting Assad. Syrians are burning American flags..(who’s Syrian now?)
    Al Nusra beheaded 3 Christians in Maaloula looted homes, ancient Christians Artifacts, vandalized Churches, kidnapped 7 Sisters..
    Syrian Army fought to liberate the town so civilians return to their homes
    Robert Ford is ex-ambassador to Irak, ex-ambassador to Libya,
    ex-ambassador to..Syria..he and McCain destroyed Irak Libya and Syria.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/04/opinion/remember-our-syrian-allies.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1

    -There was an article on YaLibnan “Al Nusra demanding Lebanon apologizes for burning ISIS flag” .

    • 5thDrawer

      A Happy Chart — Today Update.

      • Hind Abyad
        • 5thDrawer

          Not like the good old days with the bi-planes and couple of guys with bombs to hand-drop on a few heads … when you could look into their eyes and wink. Gotta have an ‘approved plan’ to be a pilot.

          Better get a ‘daily update’ chart ….

          • Hind Abyad

            Hi! Not one reply without the specie interfering..

            BTW..you can’t wink at video games.
            Super powers including Israel are video game Wars..
            The predators were let in Kobane, it will create future generations of Kurd warriors to revenge those who fought ISIS-Turkey till the end, and hatred toward those who let them down.
            http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/12/kobani-still-stands-against-isis-and-all-odds-but-for-how-long.html

          • 5thDrawer

            Mmmmm … interesting ‘concept’ indeed. 😉
            That ‘ (noncorrupt, just governance)’ line … would suit Lebanon well too.

          • Hind Abyad

            Impossible, noncorrupt government can’t exist it’s called ‘human condition’..or else the earth would be Paradise which is not life.. if you know what i mean..

          • 5thDrawer

            I still bet on the Kurds. :-))

            But that’s why we have elections … so the ‘next’ government can list all the corruption from the previous one … without going to war over it. 😉
            Sometimes, we even get to put them in jails too. Bonus. :-))

          • Hind Abyad

            Not interested in politics.. did you read about “the most honest man in Washington? :))

          • 5thDrawer

            Touting anyone as ‘most honest’ in a den of thieves can’t be ignored.
            I suppose …. 😉
            Although, we always enjoyed Ali-Baba outsmarting the other 40 and getting the girl in the end. :-)))

          • MaImequer0

            lol sweetie, that’s funny…. it’s called ‘delusional condition’…☻

  • malmequer

    I’m sick in the head. Zionism is a mental disease..

    • MaImequer0

      yes hind, with two comments… you do have a mental disease….
      PS… you forgot the ‘0’…

      • malmequer

        Already have one with the’0′..a parasite need multiple accounts to survive, this one has only two comments the first dates from 6 months i was soo busy with that damn Comtessa, i have to trail her or i will die.. i need blood i don’t want to die.
        Yesterday i had to change names FOUR times..not funny: Comtessa, Countessa, Countess, Hind Abyad pffttttt….
        Then there’s Guest who’s sometimes John Gilbert, he’s the Ro and the Morning Star..fleas must jump all day, it’s demeaning living on dogs blood to survive..

        • MaImequer0

          Lol sweetie… you scream like a bich over some fantasy ‘theft’ of username, then YOU do the same as you accuse others of…. Yep, Barabie was certainly correct, you are the ultimate hypocrite… ms. videotron…. lol !!! ☻

          • Hind Abyad

            Pffahahaa…i can do want with my own avatar imbecile :))
            You’re the stalker.

          • MaImequer0

            Lol sweetie… you scream like a bich over some fantasy ‘theft’ of username …. lol daft mare of a hypocrite…☻
            And as you know, my avatar is a work of art… your picture, a piece of amateur shiite… not even close sweetie…☻

    • 5thDrawer

      Maybe you were buying food from these Syrian guys ….
      (wonder why the Tripoli Ladies have the shits so often … they just call every sickness ‘The Syrian Disease’.)

      The Daily Star
      BEIRUT: Authorities shut down a food produce company in the Bekaa Valley Friday, after confiscating tons of expired products.
      A factory for the processing of peppers, thyme and canned products run by a Syrian national, identified by his initials as A.A., was raided by a unit from the Bekaa police in coordination with the Consumer Protection Division.
      The police then closed down the factory in Bar Elias, after seizing 5 tons of expired products.

      • Hind Abyad

        There was worst here few years ago,
        the post disappeared, they were selling expired meat.

        • 5thDrawer

          Criminal GANGS will try anything … listen to the ‘Maple Syrup’ thefts … from the ‘Controllers’ of the ‘one warehouse’ … who are similar in themselves to mafia, and work against the ‘little man’.
          Catch the reports on Russian Lumber … it’s not only South America being denuded (illegals don’t replant) for flooring that comes illegally through China – which will buy and sell anything it can – to the largely unaware ‘public’ who are not only uneducated, but always want ‘cheap’.
          Can we say Quebec is the only place?? No … but it seems ‘popular’. 😉
          And LEBANON? Really … the BIGGEST FEAR is that it has an Israeli Label on the package … hahahahaha

      • Hind Abyad

        That one up there is long expired ..

        • MaImequer0

          lol sweetie.. you are way past you ‘sell by’ date….

          • Hind Abyad

            I’M not in Guinness World Record for 2012-2014 stalking

          • MaImequer0

            sweetie, that’s funny… daft mare…

  • vs

    France proposes to create a buffer zone between Turkey and Syria

    • 5thDrawer

      To do that, Turkey has to expect the Kurds to remove the ISIS boys without giving them any real help … and the ISISies – who OBVIOUSLY NOW can’t fight the Kurds in Kobane without all the stolen heavier weapons from Syria and the Iraqi Army – need to have their boys running to re-enforce their losers with equipment and bodies. The Kurds ARE Man-for-Man, MUCH better, at least as dedicated, and have their own women fighting with them.
      Now, if they could just get someone to drop in some extra bullets …..
      But those Kurds are doing a DAMN fine job … one that ‘certain others’ seem to fail at.
      And they have proven what ISIS is incapable of having. HEART.