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Death toll in Syria
2014.10.10 04:08:26

The Observatory said the death toll in Syria for Wednesday has reached 228 including Kurdish fighters and ISIL fighters in battles in Kobane in addition to other cities such as Aleppo, Deraa, Idlib and Homs.



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Syrian forces have bombed several towns outside of Damascus
2014.10.10 04:07:32

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian government forces have bombed several towns outside of Damascus overnight and into Thursday.

The Observatory also said that several clashes between government forces and Al Nusra front took place during the same time with several deaths reported.



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Ground operation against #ISIL in #Syria
2014.10.10 03:54:20

Turkey on Thursday said it cannot be expected to lead a ground operation against ISIL in Syria alone, amid growing pressure on Ankara from the West to intervene militarily.

"It's not realistic to expect that Turkey will lead a ground operation on its own," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference with visiting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

[AFP]



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ISIL fighters capture police station
2014.10.10 03:33:12

Despite the US-led airstrikes on Syria , ISIL fighters managed to capture a police station east of the border town of Kobane on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.



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Kurdish protesters angered by the Turkish government
2014.10.10 03:06:02

Pro-Kurdish protesters angered by the Turkish government's lack of action against ISIL in Syria clashed for the third night running with police as the death toll from the violence rose to 22, officials said Thursday.

[AFP]



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#ISIL control more than a third of #Kobani
2014.10.10 02:53:19

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said clashes continued into Thursday morning as the forces of ISIL pushed forward.

"ISIL control more than a third of Kobani. All eastern areas, a small part of the northeast and an area in the southeast," the Observatory's head, Rami Abdulrahman, said by telephone.

An explosion was heard on Thursday on the western side of the mainly Kurdish town, with thick black smoke visible from the Turkish border a few kilometers away.

[Reuters]



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Two fresh strikes on ISIL positions
2014.10.10 02:29:57

The US-led coalition on Thursday carried out two fresh strikes on ISIL positions in the key Syrian town of Kobane, said an AFP reporter just across the border in Turkey.

The strikes targeted the city's southwest, which is under control of Kurdish forces who have been fighting off a three-week ISIL advance on the strategic town.

[AFP]



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'Buffer zone' between Syria and Turkey
2014.10.10 02:17:43

The US and UK have said they are willing to examine the possibility of creating a "buffer zone" between Syria and Turkey as ISIL continues its assault on the border town of Kobane.

But the White House and US defense department said that while a buffer zone was not one of the military options under consideration, they were open to discuss it with Turkey.



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It is unlikely that Turkey would send ground troops
2014.10.10 02:02:10

Prof. Bessma Momani, a Middle East expert at the University of Waterloo in Canada, said that it is unlikely that Turkey would send ground troops, to prevent the fall of the Syrian town of Kobane into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

In an interview, she said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is under intense pressure from Turkish majority, who are against more intervention in Syria.

"Ankara is stuck," she said referring to the Turkish government. "The domestic situation is really not in its favor."



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US-led airstrikes on Kobane
2014.10.09 03:08:47

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the US-led airstrikes on Kobane have killed at least 45 ISIL fighters between late Tuesday and Wednesday.



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US-led coalition airstrikes on al Tabqa airport
2014.10.09 03:07:43

The Syrian Observatory for Human rights is reporting US-led coalition airstrikes on al Tabqa airport in Al Raqqa.



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US-led coalition bombed positions of ISIL near Kobani
2014.10.09 02:42:10

Warplanes believed to be of the US-led coalition bombed positions of ISIL near Kobani.

One airstrike, visible from the border, hit a hill and an open space near the town.

Meanwhile, heavy gunfire was heard from inside the town in a sign of fresh clashes. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said most of the fighting as in the town's Kani Arban neighborhood.

[AP]



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Islamic State withdrew from several areas
2014.10.09 02:25:13

Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said "fighters from the Islamic State withdrew overnight from several areas in the east of Ain al-Arab (Kobane) and the southwestern edges."

After the pullback, the group's fighters were present in eastern parts of the strategic town and its southern edges, but were no longer inside on the western front, Abdel Rahman said.



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Pro-Kurdish demonstration in southeast Turkey
2014.10.09 02:12:04

At least 14 people were killed in violent protests by pro-Kurdish demonstrators in southeast Turkey angry at the government's lack of action against ISIL in Syria, officials said Wednesday.

Eight of the deaths came in Turkey's main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir where the most intense rioting took place overnight Tuesday to Wednesday, a local security official told AFP.

The other deaths were reported in violent protests in Mardin, Siirt, Batman and Mus, all cities in the southeast of Turkey.



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Syrian army has regained control
2014.10.09 02:02:15

The Syrian army has regained control of a previously rebel-held town near Damascus, turning the tide in an area that witnessed large scale insurgent attacks in September.

The attacks had slowed the Syrian army's advance in the countryside to the east of the capital and the latest movements come at a time when rebels have taken a strategic hill in Deraa Province to the south of the country.

A 400-meter long tunnel connecting the rebel-held area of Ein Tarma with Adukhania was found in the district.

[Reuters]



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More from Mistura
2014.10.08 03:40:11

"They are all Kurds - they have been defending themselves with great courage. But they are now very close to not being able to do so. They are fighting with normal weapons, whereas the ISIL has tanks and mortars.

"The international community needs to defend them. The international community cannot sustain another city falling under ISIS.

"What is needed now is concrete action.

"The world, all of us, will regret deeply if ISIL is able to take over. We need to act now."



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US-led air attacks on #ISIL ineffective
2014.10.08 03:32:07

The international community should immediately act to defend the key Syrian border town of Kobane from ISIL, the UN's peace envoy to Syria has.

"The world has seen the images of what happens when a city in Syria or in Iraq is overtaken by the terrorist group called ISIL: massacres, humanitarian tragedies, rapes, horrific violence," Staffan de Mistura said.

"The world, all of us, will regret deeply if ISIL is able to take over a city which has defended itself with courage but is close to not being able to do so. We need to act now."

Here are the options:

Boots on the ground (ruled out)
Turkey invading Syria (ruled out)
US-led air attacks on ISIL (so far ineffective)



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Syria has declared four chemical weapons facilities
2014.10.08 03:12:48

Syria has declared four chemical weapons facilities it hadn't mentioned before, a special representative of the UN secretary-general told the Security Council on Tuesday. The news heightened concerns that the Syrian government hasn't been fully open about its chemical weapons program.

Diplomats said Sigrid Kaag told them during closed consultations that three of the facilities are for research and development and one is for production, and that no new chemical agents have been associated with the four sites.

The US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, tweeted: "Must keep pressure on regime so it doesn't hide CW capability." [AP]



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#ISIL fighters in the streets of #Kobane
2014.10.08 02:50:45

The statement on this video, posted on Youtube today, says it shows ISIL fighters in the streets of Kobane. A colleague has pointed out that a fighter can be heard saying they are in Tal Arar in Aleppo.

We're trying to find the source and record date of the video.

Anyway, at 0.55 there is dark smoke, and ISIL fighters say they are inside the town. "We are being shelled from all sides, God is great".

At 2.04 a fighter says "the brothers already retreated behind the mountain and they are safe with the grace of God".



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German soldiers training Kurdish peshmerga fighters
2014.10.08 02:37:08

This video, released by the German army, shows German soldiers training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in Bavaria. They're being taught how to use Milan anti-tank missiles.



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