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Turkish Jets Target Kurdish Rebels Near Iraq

Breaking News: Turkish Fighter Jets (F – 4’s and F – 16’s) have bombed the Kurdish rebels near the Iraqi border. The air strikes were said to be a response to the PKK gunfire in the military outpost.

It has been said that the Kurds were furious at the Turkish government due to their apathetic attitude of the IS’ attacks on the Turkish border and towns within Syria.

Several fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party were known to aid the Kudish YPG military in Kobane. Turkey has refused to help the Syria military forces with any aid or allow the Kurdish fighters to enter Syria.

“Today there were air strikes throughout the day, which is a first. And sometimes we saw one plane carrying out two strikes, dropping two bombs at a time,” said Abdulrahman Gok, a journalist with a local Kurdish paper.

Most recently, two commandeers of the PKK were arrested by the Turkish troops when they arrived for medical treatment in a hospital in the south – eastern region of Turkey.

In addition to these commandeers, more than 260 YPG military men were arrested when they crossed into the Turkey border last week. Out of those 260, 60 were allowed to go back according to Turkish media.

On last Tuesday, French President has appealed to the Ankara government to open the border as the US led air strikes continue in both Iraq and Syria.

The airstrikes on the Kurdish rebels were reported to cause heavy causalities. The air strikes were followed by an assault on the military outpost of Turkish government led troops by PKK fighters.

It is to be noted that last week, the Kurdish protests have claimed at least 31 lives as Kurds expressed their anger on Turkey’s apathetic nature on the capture of Kobane and the loss of lives in Iraq and Syria.

The city of Kobane has had a strong media presence within the recent few weeks. At this point, the US led coalition forces have led 21 air strikes over the past two days to destroy the stronghold of the IS militants within this town.

Notably, Turkey has been reluctant to aid the US led coalition attack from the beginning and have refused to join them. However, yesterday, in a surprise move, the Turkish government denied the access of its air bases to the US led coalition forces against the IS jihadist.

According to the Turkish government, it was an attempt to remove the possibility of Syrian and Turkish Kurd fighters fighting against the IS jihadists for a foundation of an independent Islamic state.

Iraq’s Army Back on Track on Its Fight Against ISIS

According to the Turkish President, air strikes may not be enough to drive away the IS jihadis, yet in parts of Iraq and Syria, the battle against IS jihadis is producing the desired result.

In a recent interview on television last Tuesday, Turkish President Erdogan was found saying, “I am telling the West, that dropping bombs from the air will not provide a solution.”

Iraqi ArmyThe army is being equipped with weapons to suit the demands of the situation, and plans are in work to create a strong National Guard, which will strengthen Iraq’s defenses against the IS.

Although the town of Kobane is still in the clutches of IS jihadis, the Iraqi army is confident that they will be able to take back the town from the militants. However, according to the US military, there are thin chances of bringing back Kobane.

“We don’t have a willing, capable, effective partner on the ground inside Syria right now,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby said on Wednesday.

However, according to Kurdish officials, effective airstrikes against IS militants on target can bring back the control of Kobane and surrounding areas. Aysa Abdullah, a co – leader of Kurdish Democratic Union Party mentioned that they were ready to work with the US led coalition force to bring back the control of Kobane.

“We have provided coalition forces with the coordinates of IS targets on the ground and are willing to continue providing any help they will request,” she said.

On the other hand, Meysa Abdo, a female Kurdish commander stated, “If the coalition is serious about degrading IS, then Kobane is where they should target them because they have an effective partner on the ground which has successfully fought back against IS alone.” However, she also went on to say that the remaining civilians were at risk of being hurt by the attacks of US led coalition force.

Adding to this, a guerrilla commander who was in charge of leading troops against IS jihadis told stated they applied various tactics including, but not restricted to infiltrating the enemy camp and fighting with light weapons. “We are better experienced than IS, but you need to have heavy weapons in order to defend a city.” he said.

In the meantime, the Turkish President has been trying to find a plausible excuse for the inactivity of Turkey in the war. “For us, the PKK and Isil are the same,” said President Erdogan this week. “It is wrong to consider them as different from each other.”

Obama Set to Visit the Pentagon after Two months of Airstrikes against ISIS

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, two months will have passed since the US airstrikes began in Iraq against IS jihadis. More than 260 strikes have been launched in the past two months and the attacks have increased since September 23.

Obama Visits PentagonAccording to several sources, President Obama will be visiting the Pentagon on Wednesday to receive an update on the military campaign of the US led coalition force against the ISIS. The President is also scheduled to meet the National Security Council and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs. In a recent attempt to curb the militants, the US led coalition forces have stepped up the airstrikes in and around Kobane. However, it is still uncertain if it will be enough to stop the progress of the jihadis.

It has been reported that Washington is concerned with the reluctance of Turkey to engage the jihadis of Islamic State in Kobane. “There’s growing angst about Turkey dragging its feet to act to prevent a massacre less than a mile from is border,” an unnamed senior administration official was quoted as saying.

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has spoken to Ahmet Davutoglu twice regarding Turkey’s reluctance to take part in the military operations, according to State Department representative Jen Psaki .

“Turkey is determining what larger role they will play going forward and that conversation is ongoing,” Psaki said. “They have indicated their openness to doing that, so there is an active conversation about that.”

According to reports by several officials stationed in the area, the jihadis of the Islamic State are close to taking control of the town of Kobane from the defending Kurdish People’s protection Units.

NATO“After all the fulminating about Syria’s humanitarian catastrophe, [Turkey is] inventing reasons not to act to avoid another catastrophe,” the official said. “This isn’t how a NATO ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone’s through from their border.”

On the other hand, Canadian Parliament passed a motion last Tuesday to authorize Air strikes in Iraq for the next six months following a request from the United States. However, the military aid from Canada will not contain any ground troops for combat operations. The mission will be known to include six CF – 18 jet airplanes, 2 surveillance planes, a refueling aircraft and 1 airlift aircraft. The mission will include 600 military personnel.

Six Airstrikes Target IS Militants Near Kobane

According to recent reports, six airstrikes were made targeting the IS militants near Kobane on October, 8th which killing 14 militants. However, reports suggest that at 1:20 PM local time IS militants shot down an Iraqi helicopter killing the two pilots who were onboard. This attack has raised concern over the IS militant’s ability to attack and destroy aircrafts in lieu of the ongoing attack by the US led coalition force.

According to Iraqi officials who were present during the attack, a shoulder – fired missile was used to take down the Iraqi Bell 407 helicopter. The helicopter crashed in a refinery in the north of Beiji, which is located approximately 200 kilometers from Baghdad. A defense ministry official confirmed the fact that both the pilots were unable to survive the attack.

Notably, this is the second attack by the IS militants on Iraqi helicopters over Beiji in a week. Previously, the IS militants shot down a M -35 helicopter last Friday near Beiji, once again killing both the pilots on board during the attack.

Additionally, US led coalition force airstrikes pushed the IS militants back from the town of Kobane, the area which the militants gained access to after three weeks of assault.

“They are now outside the entrances of the city of Kobani. The shelling and bombardment was very effective and as a result of it, IS have been pushed from many positions,” deputy Foreign Minister, Idris Nassan was found saying.

Nassan also said, “This is their biggest retreat since their entry into the city and we can consider this as the beginning of the countdown of their retreat from the area.”

According to a breaking news report, Washington is worried over Turkey’s reluctance in aiding the coalition forces and engage the IS militants in Kobane. “There’s growing angst about Turkey dragging its feet to act to prevent a massacre less than a mile from is border,” an unnamed senior administration official was quoted as saying. “After all the fulminating about Syria’s humanitarian catastrophe, [Turkey is] inventing reasons not to act to avoid another catastrophe,” the official said. “This isn’t how a NATO ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone’s through from their border.”

Reports claim that Iran and the major powers will hold multilateral nuclear talks in Vienna. “I think that we will have bilateral and multilateral talks before the end of the next week in Vienna,” ministry representative Marzieh Afkham said when asked when Iran and its negotiating partners would next meet.

Air Strikes Against ISIS Useless, The Terror Continues

According to latest reports, the ISIS militants have moved more than a mile in the centre of the City of Kobane, without being deterred by the constant air strikes made by the Coalition force.

The war between the IS militants and the Syrian army continued despite another coalition air strike in the Kobane enclave according to Idris Nassan, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Kobane.

“There are fierce clashes between Isis and YPG [People’s Defence Corps] fighters, at the moment mainly to the south-east of the city. Isis now stands at two kilometers from the city centre,” told Nassan, “I can hear the bombs and shells here.”

“Air strikes alone are really not enough to defeat Isis in Kobane,” according to Nassan. “They are besieging the city on three sides, and fighter jets simply cannot hit each and every Isis fighter on the ground.”

He also added that ISIS militants are habituated with their tactics from the air strikes on them. He went on to say, “Each time a jet approaches they leave their open positions, scatter, and hide. What we really need is ground support. We need heavy weapons and ammunition in order to fend them off and defeat them.”

On the other hand, the co – chairman of Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Saleh Muslim, went to Ankhara this Friday to discuss Turkish support and assistance in defending Kobane against IS militants. According to reports, the security officials present in Ankhara have urged the Muslims to join the ranks of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to battle the IS militants in Kobane and to take an open stance against the open regime of Bashar Al Assad. On Sunday, the representatives of the Kurdish group  arrived at the borders of Turkey to form an allegiance by showing their support.

According to Nassan, help from the international community is being sought to defend Kobane from the rebels. He went on to say, “Mr Muslim’s trip to Ankara is part of that call. Since Turkey agreed to join the international coalition to fight Isis, we ask them to help us, too.”

Although the exact result of the meeting is still unknown, the Muslims have asked Ankara to allow the Syrian Kurdish associates to receive arms and support from outside Syria. The main problem here is the fact that if IS militants capture Kobane, they will be on the borders of Turkey which will be a major concern for Turkey as well.