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Syrian Kurds in Turkey watch militant onslaught across border
Syrian Kurds in Turkey watch militant onslaught across border

The crowd scanned the opposite side of the valley, looking for signs of movement across the border in the Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani to its mostly Kurdish inhabitants. "I've been coming here every day," a 40-year-old man who goes by the nickname Abu Mohammad said as he peered toward his hometown less than a mile away. "What else am I going to do? At least this way I get to smell its earth." For two weeks Kobani has been the site of intense clashes pitting its lightly armed Kurdish defenders against the well-equipped fighters of the militant group Islamic State, previously known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Syrian government forces...

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