Kobane: Families take up arms in last, desperate stand in key border town

October 8, 2014 | By | Reply More

Oct 08, – Old women armed with AK-47s fought to the death to defend Kobani yesterday after air strikes failed to stop their Islamic State enemies. They had ignored orders to flee from Kurdish officials who warned they could no longer protect them.

hromedia Kobane Families take up arms in last, desperate stand in key border town arab uprising3Using tanks and advanced weaponry, the jihadis easily outgunned the garrison of the Syrian border town.

Their relentless advance starkly illustrates the limitations of air strikes.
Kurdish forces scored similar successes in the south and east of Kobani. Yet government officials later said the town, which has been besieged for three weeks, was about to fall.

The announcement came as photos emerged of families – including women and children – joining in the fight against IS. A boy of barely ten was pictured carrying an AK-47
Another picture showed a gun-toting teenage girl wearing a hoodie, jeans and ballet pumps.

The photographs were posted on Twitter yesterday with the comment: ‘Kurdish family vs Isis terrorists in Kobani. Kurds in Kobani need help!’

Artillery shells continued to thump into densely packed neighbourhoods yesterday. Thousands of militants have advanced into the south-west of Kobani and are engaged in desperate street-fighting.

Mahmoud, 50, said he had seen IS fighters in the streets: ‘I don’t know where they were all coming from, but once they were killed, more IS would come.’
A veteran Kurdish leader, Omar Sheikhmous, said civilians were being advised to flee to Turkey – out of the reach of IS.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Syrian refugees in Gaziantep, a town near the border: ‘The problem of IS cannot be solved via air bombardment. Kobani is about to fall.’

Fourteen Turkish tanks were lined up just 200 yards across the border from Kobani. Turkey, a member of Nato, has done little despite pledging to stop Kobani from falling to IS.
press journalist for HRO media – Khizer ayat reports.

 

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