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Mar 11, 2015 5:48 AM

IS militants launch attack on Syrian Kurdish border town

The Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) A Syrian Kurdish official and an activist group say Islamic State militants have launched an attack against a predominantly Kurdish town on the Turkish frontier.

Kurdish Democratic Union Party spokesman Nawaf Khalil says IS fighters opened a "wide-scale and powerful offensive" against Ras al-Ayn, a town of some 50,000 people and home to a border crossing with Turkey.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the fighting is focused in the countryside west and south of Ras al-Ayn.

Observatory director Rami Abdurrahman said Wednesday that Islamic State militants captured the village of Tal Ghanzeer overnight. The village is located some 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Ras al-Ayn.

Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes repelled a similar IS assault against the border town of Kobani earlier this year.


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