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In Syria's Kobane, a monument to lives lost and battles won

Yildiz - With a father's tenderness, Adham Olaiki clears dried leaves and twigs from his son's final resting place, a neat marble grave on the edge of Syria's Kobane.

Years after IS, Syrian Kurds rebuild Kobane alone

Yildiz - After giving up on getting help from Syrian Kurdish authorities, Ahmed Saleh relied on relatives abroad to repair his home in Kobane after it was heavily damaged in a battle against jihadists.

Father buries his drowned toddler, family in Syria

Yildiz - The father of a three-year-old Syrian boy whose drowning off Turkey shocked the world buried his son, another child and his wife in an emotional funeral in Kobane on Friday.

'My children slipped through my hands': father of drowned Syrian boy

Bodrum - The father of a three-year-old Syrian boy, whose body was washed up on a Turkish beach in an image that shocked the world, said Thursday his children "slipped through my hands" as their boat was taking in water on its way to Greece.

Turkey rejects claims IS raided Kobane from its soil

Ankara - Ankara rejected as "black propaganda" claims that Islamic State (IS) militants crossed from Turkey Thursday to carry out a deadly bombings and raids on the Syrian town of Kobane.

Second IS suicide bomber hits Kobane: Monitor

Birut - A second Islamic State group suicide bomber hit the Syrian border town of Kobane on Thursday, hours after the jihadists reentered the symbolic Kurdish town, a monitoring group said.

Kurds battle IS jihadists around Syria's Kobane

Birut - Kurdish forces engaged in sporadic battles with Islamic State jihadists around the Syrian town of Kobane on Saturday, seeking to expand their control in the area, a monitor said.

Kurds expel Islamic State group from Syria's Kobane: Monitor

Birut - Kurdish fighters have expelled jihadists from the Islamic State group from the Syrian border town of Kobane after more than four months of fighting, a monitor said Monday.

IS loses ground to Kurds in Syria's Kobane, says monitor

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group has lost ground in the Syrian border town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters now control more than 60 percent of territory, a monitoring group said Saturday.

Islamic State faces war of attrition in Syria's Kobane

Birut - The Islamic State group is locked in a war of attrition in the Syrian border town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes are mounting fierce resistance.

Thousands protest in Turkey to show solidarity with Kobane Kurds

Istanbul - Thousands of people on Saturday took to the streets of Turkey and major European cities in a show of solidarity with the mainly Kurdish Syrian town of Kobane which has been besieged by jihadists for over six weeks.

Iraq peshmerga fighters join Kobane battle

Beirut - Some 150 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters joined the battle against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane on Friday, crossing the border from Turkey, a monitor said.

Iraqi Kurds approve deploying forces to Syria's Kobane

Arbil - Iraqi Kurdish regional lawmakers Wednesday approved the deployment of security forces to the Syrian town of Kobane to help Kurds battling the Islamic State jihadist group, the parliament speaker said.

Op-Ed: Kurdish 'terrorists' defending Kobane inspired by US anarchist

You would never know from most mainstream news reports that the Kurds defending the Syrian border city of Kobane from the Islamic Front advance are part of the Kurdistan Worker's party or PKK widely regarded as a terrorist organization.

Op-Ed: A bun fight — the mud of the Middle East

Several years ago I attended a gentleman’s evening with buffet and drink offered in copious amounts. As the drink flowed and noise levels were building up, the atmosphere became a little volatile. Then it all kicked off and became very riotous.

At least 12 dead in Turkey as pro-Kurdish protests turn violent

Istanbul - Thousands of pro-Kurdish demonstrators incensed by Turkey's inaction in the fight against jihadists on the Syrian border clashed with police across the country on Tuesday, leaving at least a dozen dead and many wounded.

Three dead in Turkey as pro-Kurdish protests turn violent

Istanbul - Pro-Kurdish demonstrators incensed by Turkey's inaction in the fight against jihadists on the Syrian border clashed with police across the country Tuesday, leading to at least three deaths and leaving several wounded.

Kurdish city of Kobane crumbling under Islamic State assault

Istanbul - The imminent fall of Kobane, a Kurdish town bordering Syria and Turkey, could bring worrisome news as the Islamic State gains a massive stretch of territory in its bid to establish a medieval caliphate.
 

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A US Air Force B1-B bomber plane flies above the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on October 18, 2014
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