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Erdogan: ‘Kobane is About to Fall’

By Rudaw 7/10/2014
A Turkish army patrol on the border with Syria. Photo: AFP.
A Turkish army patrol on the border with Syria. Photo: AFP.

GAZIANTEP, Turkey – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Tuesday that “Kobane is about to fall,” and that  airstrikes are not enough to save the Kurdish town in Syria from being overrun by the Islamic State (ISIS).

"I am telling the West: dropping bombs from the air will not provide a solution," Erdogan said on a visit to a refugee camp in the eastern city of Gaziantep, across the border from Kobane.

“Months have passed but no results have been achieved. Kobane is about to fall," Erdogan warned in an address to refugees, most of them Kurds from Kobane who fled renewed ISIS assaults about three weeks ago.

His comments came as US-led coalition warplanes intensified air strikes around Kobane on Tuesday, hours after the jihadists had breached the city lines. 

A Rudaw reporter saw two air strikes within 15 minutes hit meters from the Turkish frontier, as fighter jets roared overhead. Several other strikes were reported earlier in the day.

The US Central Command (Centcom) said in a statement that jets had struck the militants, also known as ISIL, in several hits.

“An airstrike south of Kobane destroyed three ISIL armed vehicles and damaged another, and another strike southeast of Kobane destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle carrying anti-aircraft artillery,” Centcom said.

“Two airstrikes southwest of Kobane damaged an ISIL tank, and another strike south of Kobane destroyed an ISIL unit,” it added.

The siege on Kobane has heaped pressure on Turkey to intervene in defence of the Kurds but so far it has been reluctant to get involved militarily, despite pledges not to allow the town to be overrun. 

Ankara has conditioned its support in the coalition fighting the militants to a comprehensive plan that would include ousting the regime of Bashar Assad.

Ankara says it will not get involved unless a no-fly zone and "safe havens" are established in northern Syria, a demand Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu repeated late on Monday. 

Meanwhile, an official of the self-declared Kurdish autonomous zone in northern Syria, speaking from inside Kobane by telephone, told Rudaw that air strikes on two ISIS positions in the morning had helped ease the pressure on the town's defenders. 

ISIS militants pushed into Kobane overnight, waging street battles with the town's Kurdish defenders for the first time and raising fears it could fall to the jihadists following a weeks-long siege. 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, said the militants had captured two areas as night fell on Monday in the east of the town after heavy battles with Kurdish forces known as People's Protection Units or YPG.

 

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Anti Turk | 7/10/2014
This is what Erdogan wanted so badly, because Turkye=ISIS, Turkye supported ISIS from beginning, Turkye wants ISIS to take over. But what comes around goes around. ISIS will point their weapons to the Turks next. You will see.
peter | 7/10/2014
Erdogan and the islamist turks show their real face. Why on earth would they fight Assad when they are of the same family of oppressors. Dog eats dog, as the chinese said when eastern Europe was falling apart- peter
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Emer Ciya | 7/10/2014
It is his dreams and his garbage Turkish Medias that Kobane will fall. But as many his failed dreams, this will be one of them.His hatred towards Kurds is indeniable.He will be going into History another heartless and failed politician no matter which status he gained in curropted Turkish Politic. The world and Kurds dont give you any S...it!
kurt bashar | 7/10/2014
Mr. Erdogan is member of the Salafi- Nakshi Bendi cult, he want to be hero of the Muslim brotherhood with overthrowing the Mr. Bassar Essad who is Alavi (Manichean). Mr Erdoagan is Greek origin who pretend to be Turk without a shame & his dream is, he like to be called Prophet by his Muslim brotherhood with installing the Sunni regime in the Syria. It is very sad to see the Kurd's vote for such a man & not for their own party. Mr Ocalan & the Kurd's are very naive for trusting him as well as to the Turkish republic. Because since since year 1923, Turks trying to exterminate the Kurd's by all means. They called us the mountain Turks, the used poisonous gas at the Dersim year 1938, the wouldn't allow us to write & read or sing in our language to this date, and do you expect this double converted Mr. Erdogan change that? hell no. Mr Erdogan is elected for to finish Kurdish inspiration with the Muslim religion & so far he is doing very good job with his cunning's. Turks would't help the Kobane because this is their war against the Kurd's out of the Turkish soil & well planed, and this is the Reality.
Same old excuses | 7/10/2014
Too little too late. It seems the whole of Syria has fallen flat for another new political and strategic game for the future problems ahead and more gain for oil and political control. ISIS will always be present!!
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