Kurds battle for heart of Kobane as UN fears for civilians

Smoke rises after strikes by aircraft from the US-led coalition on the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, near the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar, on October 10, 2014Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) – Kurdish fighters halted a thrust by Islamic State group jihadists towards the heart of the battleground Syrian town of Kobane Saturday, after the UN warned thousands of civilians risked massacre.

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