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Kurds Plead for Help as ISIL Advances on Syria’s Kobani

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Kurdish fighters pleaded for help as the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant terrorist group was advancing on the Syrian town of Kobani, where as many as 400,000 residents and refugees are holed up.

Kobani“Tell the world what is happening” said Rooz Bahjat, a senior Kurdish military officer told a western media source Wednesday by phone. “This could be a massacre if no help arrives.”

Desperate field commanders in Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, fear the worst unless help arrives soon, and note 70,000 refugees have already fled across the border into Turkey. Hundred of thousands more, including women, remain, ready to fight.

“What happened on Mount Sinjar will seem like nothing compared to this if ISIL gets through,” Bahjat said, referring to the Iraqi mountain village where thousands of religious minorities were under siege from ISIL terrorists. “They have now surrounded the city and are fighting on all sides.”

Kobani is ringed by ISIL tanks, artillery and mortars, and they are now just miles from the city, Bahjat said.

Polat Tan, a senior commander with the Kurdish militia in Syria, which is defending Kobani, said time is running out.

“We will do everything to resist these advances,” he told “We will fight till every last drop of blood, but if help does not arrive soon, disaster is at hand.”

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