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Islamic State tightens siege of Syria border town Kobane

27.Sep.14, 01:33; Icon 1024; Date 0; Attitude +0 | 0 | -0

Islamic State militants are advancing on the Syrian town of Kobane, where they are battling Kurdish fighters.

The clashes are visible from Turkey, where some protesters have stormed a border fence to go to defend the town.

Earlier, the US said it had destroyed four tanks and damaged another during a fourth night of bombardments in Syria.

The UK parliament has voted to conduct air strikes against IS in Iraq, while Belgium and Denmark have also announced they will take part in the operation.

IS controls much of north-eastern Syria and earlier this year seized swathes of territory in neighbouring Iraq, including the second city, Mosul.

Some European leaders are wary of bombing Syria, as the government there has not asked for foreign assistance against IS, unlike Iraq.

IS fighters have besieged Kobane, leading some 140,000 people to flee into Turkey over the past week.

However, some on Friday tried to return to help stem the militants' advance - Turkish security forces fired tear gas and water cannon to stop them.

During the fighting for Kobane, at least two shells landed on Turkish territory, witnesses said.

One man watching the battle from the Turkish side of the border asked why the air strikes were not being conducted to defend the town, which has a population of some 400,000.

"Where is America, where is England, why are people not helping?" a villager called Ali told Reuters news agency.

Yolande Knell spoke to displaced Iraqis in a refugee camp in Kurdish-controlled Erbil

After seven hours of debate, British MPs overwhelmingly voted in favour of air strikes, and six RAF Tornados could be called into action over the weekend.

Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs: "This is about psychopathic terrorists that are trying to kill us and we do have to realise that, whether we like it or not, they have already declared war on us."

Denmark's government has agreed to send seven F-16s, while Belgian lawmakers said they would send six.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest welcomed the "strong support" for the coalition showed by its Europeans allies.

More than 40 countries, including several from the Middle East, have offered to join in, US officials say.


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