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Syrian Kurdish fighters welcome US arms drop as Turkey boosts Kobane battle

by AFP
Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town of Kobane from a hill near the Mursitpinar crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on MOnday. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey was facilitating the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to Kobani to aid Syrian Kurds defending the town against IS militants. Photo - Reuters
Kurds battling militants for the Syrian border town of Kobane welcomed a first US airdrop of weapons on Monday as neighbouring Turkey said it will help Iraqi Kurds to join the fight

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