Turkey helping IS in the fight against the Kurds in Syria

 
Turkey helping IS in the fight against the Kurds in Syria
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A Norwegian delegation at the border to Syria accuses Turkey of helping the terrorist organization IS and asks Norway react.

- We saw the IS-Islamists who maneuvered with tanks and other armored vehicles on the other side of the border. We saw tracers, grenade impacts, smoke and fire in the Kurdish city Kobane just across the border from where we stood.

They experience first hand the dramatic development in which the Kurdish-controlled area Rojava is about to be defeated by IS forces with heavy weaponry.

On Monday afternoon, reports said that rebels of the Islamic state (IS) had hoisted its flag on a building on the east side of the strategically important border town of Ayn al-Arab, or Kobane. It must have happened after the fierce battles Monday.

- IS's tanks and heavy artillery against the Kurdish defense forces Kalashnikov and RPG, hand-held missile weapons. But they doesn't have armor-piercing weapons, with the ability to take out tanks, Svein Olsen says .

The Islamic State tightens its grip on the important border town Kobane, and will leave the city as a graveyard if IS wins, the Danish newspaper Politiken writes.

IS-forces attack both east and west, night and day, but the Kurdish defense has so far resisted, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.

Hundreds of thousands of civilian refugees have come across the border to Turkey, and the two Norwegians are among hundreds staring across the border to see what happens.

Both says that the Turks have posted many troops on the border and they claim that Turkey is on IS's side.

- We were 50 yards from the Turkish troops. They act as support to ISIS. They close the border so it's not possible for the Kurds to fight, to get weapons and ammunition.

- We could also see Turkish ambulances drove over from Turkey into the IS-controlled area and extracted wounded soldiers from IS for treatment in Turkey, Olsen says.

According to the two Norwegians, Turkey right now prevents four Kurdish journalists who have been in Kobane to report, to come back again.

- Turkey does not want it to be known what is happening in Kobane, said the two, who are there to show that Western politicians care about the Kurdish situation and to observe what happens.

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