"The chilling sight of the Islamic State's black jihadist flag is still visible in Kobane - despite Kurdish territorial gains and weeks of sustained airstrikes by American and Arab warplanes. The terrorist group was thought to have been pushed out of the centre of the besieged Syrian city after hundreds of brave Kurdish resistance fighters coordinated fierce street battles with coalition bombing raids - forcing the well-equipped jihadis to retreat into the outskirts of Kobane. But this morning the group's black jihadist flag could clearly still be seen inside city, raised over a multi-storey building just a few hundred feet away from where the yellow, triangular flag of the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) could be seen fluttering above a largely destroyed housing complex. The image emerged as American and Arab jets launched fresh attacks on ISIS positions in the north of Kobane - with pyrotechnic tracer ammunition lighting up the night sky and coalition warplanes destroying ISIS-held buildings with a barrage of air-to-surface missiles." Daily Mail
- IS just retook a key hill on the west side of Kobane. This elevation has changed hands a number of time during what the press mysteriously calls a "siege." It seems more like the battle of Pork Chop Hill in Korea or any number of face to face serious fights that I can remember.
- I really feel for the poor bugger shepherd that you can see in one of these pictures taken from the safety of the Turkish side of the border. His chance of keeping those sheep alive is slim.
- So far, the Kurds in the town rate the value of the supply drops as next to zero. As someone on SST commented, "looks like an airborne trash delivery." If we are going to do this, then we should stop playing the game of clearing everything with Baghdad and Ankara and just take charge ourselves. Get some useful weapons; claymore mines, personnel and anti-vehicle land mines, a lot of crew served machine guns, a heap of plastic explosives, the aforementioned shoulder fired recoiless rifles a mountain of ammunition and medical supplies, some 81 mm mortars and go drop the stuff low, at night and as close to the Turkish border as you can manage. I'll be glad to ride along as an in the way bundle pusher (term of art). There are others here who would also volunteer. For god's sake, if this battle is going to be a symbol, let's not lose it because of the timidity of cookie-pushers in the WH and at State.
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"The attempted abduction, reportedly carried out by Turkish gang members whom the Islamic State enticed with a promise of $500,000, targeted a popular Syrian rebel commander who had crossed into Turkey seeking refuge from ongoing violence across the border, according to a report by the Washington Post. It was a close call for the commander, who was shot in the stomach before managing to escape — and the clearest indication yet that the Islamic State has established a potent network inside Turkey, the Post reported.
The incident occurred in Sanliurfa about 220 miles east of Incirlik Air Base, which is home to thousands of U.S. airmen and their families. Air Force personnel also are stationed in Ankara and Izmir, and the Army maintains two Patriot missile batteries — a rotational force of about 250 soldiers — in Gaziantep, about 150 miles west of Sanliurfa." USATODAY
Once again, pilgrims this is serious business. We have lots of military personnel in Turkey. They are spread across the country. pl