Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

September 19, 2014 2:54 PM

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Beirut: Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish town in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighbouring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance.

The attack on Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, came two days after the top US military officer said the Syrian opposition would probably need the help of the Syrian Kurds to defeat Islamic State.

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