Stories that need to be told since 2004

Search:
| about | 3:04 PST
Escape From Kobani
    © Barbaros Kayan/Depo Photos/ZUMA (bios)
The fierce battle for the northern Syrian border town of Kobani has now entered its 42nd day and caused hundreds of thousands of residents to flee. The Islamic State’s assault last month on the majority Kurdish town, caused the area’s roughly 400,000 residents to flee to the safety of Suruc just inside Turkey. The refugees have settled in empty buildings and tent camps that fill as soon as they are erected, roughly doubling the size of the town. Kurdish forces, backed by US air power, have been holding out for weeks against an Islamic State offensive around Kobani, which has become a symbol of efforts to stop the advance of the jihadists. Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Turkey has become a refuge for almost 900,000 Syrians fleeing fighting. However, its relations with the Kurdish population of Syria have been the most fraught, as a decades-long insurgency by Kurdish militants keeps relations strained between the two sides.
Escape From Kobani
    © Barbaros Kayan/Depo Photos/ZUMA (bios)
The fierce battle for the northern Syrian border town of Kobani has now entered its 42nd day and caused hundreds of thousands of residents to flee. The Islamic State’s assault last month on the majority Kurdish town, caused the area’s roughly 400,000 residents to flee to the safety of Suruc just inside Turkey. The refugees have settled in empty buildings and tent camps that fill as soon as they are erected, roughly doubling the size of the town. Kurdish forces, backed by US air power, have been holding out for weeks against an Islamic State offensive around Kobani, which has become a symbol of efforts to stop the advance of the jihadists. Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Turkey has become a refuge for almost 900,000 Syrians fleeing fighting. However, its relations with the Kurdish population of Syria have been the most fraught, as a decades-long insurgency by Kurdish militants keeps relations strained between the two sides.