Thousands of Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey as Islamic State advances




 
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September 20th, 2014  
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Topic: Thousands of Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey as Islamic State advances


By Daren Butler SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, fleeing an advance by Islamic State fighters who have seized dozens of villages close to the border and are advancing on a Syrian town. Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an imminent attack on the town of Ayn al-Arab. Islamic State is now within 15 km (9 miles) of the town, also known as Kobani, according to a Kurdish commander on the ground. ...




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