After Obama touted Yemen as a “success in fighting al-Qaeda,” al-Qaeda on verge of taking over Yemen

Posing yet another terror threat to the United States.

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IB Times  Sunni-Shiite tensions escalated in Yemen on Friday when Houthi rebels, who are Shia, clashed with al Qaeda fighters, killing at least 10 people. The clashes between the two Muslim groups signaled the expansion of the sectarian infighting that has ravaged much of the country in the last few weeks.

Tensions have been running high in perpetually unstable Yemen ever since the Houthis, a rebel militia from the Shiite minority, captured the capital Sanaa on Sept. 21. On Oct. 9 more than 45 people were killed in Sanaa when a suicide bomb attack hit supporters of the Houthis. Yemeni officials said the attack, the deadliest since 2012, was launched by Sunni jihadists, affiliated with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who are unhappy with the Houthis gaining political power.

The threat of a full-scale civil war increases with each piece of territory that falls to the Houthis. It may not take much to push Yemen over the edge into a sectarian and tribal war that could tear the country apart, leaving behind the shattered remnants of the Yemeni state for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula  to thrive in.

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ISIS Air Force? Terrorist pilots are being trained to fly captured MIGs by ex-Iraqi Air Force pilots

That should be great fun for the U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots, if only Obama allows them to engage. 

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UK Daily Mail  Islamic State leaders in Syria and Iraq are training their fighters to fly captured fighter jets in the hope of establishing an air force, it has been claimed. The terror group is understood to have been carrying out test flights the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo, according to a British-based organisation monitoring the Syrian Civil War.

Having captured three fighter jets from the Syrian military, ISIS are using Iraqi pilots who were once officers in Saddam Hussein’s air force to train Syria-based militants to operate the warplanes.

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The news comes as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula sought to mend its strained relations with ISIS, urging all jihadist groups operating in the Middle East to unite under the common cause of fighting against Western ‘crusader’ armies.

ISIS’ alleged test flights over the Aleppo countryside are understood to be the first time the terror group – which seized control of vast swathes of Syria and Iraq earlier this year – has taken to the air. ‘They have trainers, Iraqi officers who were pilots before for Saddam Hussein,’ said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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‘People saw the flights, they went up many times from the airport and they are flying in the skies outside the airport and coming back,’ he said, citing witnesses near al-Jarrah military airport. The airport, which was seized from the Syrian regime earlier this year, is approximately 45 miles from the Turkish border.

It is not clear if the jets are equipped with weaponry nor if the pilots are able to fly long distances, but witnesses said the planes appear to be Soviet-built MiG 21 or MiG 23 models.

ISIS’ alleged test flights come despite American and Arab warplanes carrying out dozens of bombing raids against the group in Syria.

 

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IRAQ: Chemical weapons, WHAT chemical weapons?

You mean the ones left in Iraq that ISIS appears to have used against the Kurds?

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FOX News  Disturbing new photos of ethnic Kurds killed by Islamic State fighters are stoking fears the terrorist army may be using chemical weapons seized from Saddam Hussein’s old arsenals, according to a Middle East watchdog.

NY Times  From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule. In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

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The pictures (below), obtained by the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA), show the bodies of Syrian Kurds who appear to have been gassed by ISIS in the besieged Kobani region this July. That fighting came just one month after Islamic State forces surged through the once-notorious Muthanna compound in Iraq, the massive base where Hussein began producing chemical weapons in the 1980s, which he used to kill thousands of Kurds in Halabja in northern Iraq in 1988.

Jonathan Spyer, editor of the MERIA Journal, told FoxNews.com that experts believe the Kurds were slaughtered in July with what “appears to be a case of mustard gas or some kind of blistering agent.”

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“It is fairly concerning that, if the pictures are genuine — and I have no reason to believe they are not — then this [use of chemical weapons] is looking clearer and clearer,” Spyer said.

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The images of the dead Syrian Kurds show bodies with large areas of white, blistered skin apparently having been burned away. Nisan Ahmed, the Kurdish authority health minister, told Spyer that, “burns and white spots on the bodies of the dead [indicated] the use of chemicals which led to death without any visible wounds or external bleeding.”

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Experts believe the chemical weapons were used on July 12, in the village of Avidko, close to Kobani, the Kurdish town on the Turkish border that is now the scene of fierce fighting between Kurds and Islamic State forces.

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If Islamic State fighters did indeed gain chemical weapons in Muthanna, it would corroborate a 2007 CIA report that confirmed their presence there. That report was cited when, in June, Islamic State fighters captured the Muthanna facility from Iraqi soldiers and allegedly seized a cache of chemical weapons, including more than 2,500 degraded chemical rockets contaminated with deadly mustard gas.

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But State Department officials said weeks later that they did not believe anything there could be used for warfare. “We do not believe that the complex contains [chemical weapons] materials of military value, and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to safely move the materials,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

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If Islamic State has chemical weapons, they also could have obtained them in Syria, where embattled President Bashar Assad has several factories for making deadly chemical weapons, despite pledging to get rid of them under pressure from the West. The group could even have produced the weapons themselves, using commercially-available ingredients, according to Ryan Mauro, a terrorism analyst for The Clarion Project, a New York research institute.

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But Mauro noted that, while use of chemical weapons can have tremendous shock value, conventional weapons are every bit as deadly. 

“The only difference is how the world and international media reacts to chemical weapons with shock and outrage, while stories of greater damage with conventional weapons have become so common that their usage is no longer considered ‘news,'” Mauro said.

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THAILAND: Islamic jihadists torch six schools in one night

Sounds like Boko Haram (‘Western education is sin’) has opened up a branch office in Thailand.

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IB Times (h/t Susan K)  Insurgents in Thailand have torched six schools in one night, leaving thousands of children unable to attend classes. The arsonists tied the hands and feet of school security guards before pouring gasoline around the buildings in Pattani, southern Thailand, deputy governor of Pattani Somphoch Suwannarat was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying.

No one was injured during the attack, which aimed at destroying public buildings rather than hurting staff or students, officials said. The torching of the schools is believed to have been carried out by Muslim separatists in retaliation to a recent military operation which killed a separatist leader in Pattani’s Panare district. However, no group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

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“The Pattani police chief is now surveying the area,” an official in the Thung Yang Deang district told news agency DPA. Another army official said the attacks were carried out simultaneously to attract public attention. (As if  the Thais aren’t already more than aware of the death and destruction that Muslim squatters carry out in every non-Muslim country that won’t give them their own Islamic state)

This is not the first time that Muslim insurgents set schools on fire. Last march, two schools in the Sungai Padi district were set ablaze. The worst incident of this type in the area occurred in 1993, when 36 school buildings were torched simultaneously.

It is not clear yet whether new buildings will be built to allow students to attend classes. For now, pupils will have to study in tents. Pattani is one of three provinces in the Muslim-majority southern area of Thailand, which is otherwise predominantly Buddhist.

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Nearly 6,000 people have died and 10,000 been injured since the 2004 ethnic separatist insurgency, which has pitted separatist Malay Muslims against Buddhists. The Muslim insurgents demand a level of autonomy from Thailand in the Pattai region, which comprises southern Thai provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and parts of Songkhla, and the northern part of Malaysia.

Last February, at least five people, including a 9-year-old boy, were killed in an attack by suspected Islamic militants in southern Thailand. The incident followed the death of a policeman’s wife, who was shot dead and then set on fire at a busy market in Pattani.

Video of savage Muslim beheading attack on young Thai boys from a few years ago (WARNING: Graphic Images)

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AUSTRALIA: Woolworths thinks this shirt is “racist”

91% of readers of the Daily Telegraph don’t think so, but Woolworth’s removed the shirt from its stores anyway, no doubt because Leftists and Muslims might find it offensive.

You can buy this shirt online here: Australian Native

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Daily Telegraph  (h/t Marina) NINETY-ONE per cent of Daily Telegraph readers have ­condemned a social media campaign to drive patriotic shirts out of Woolworths. In a poll conducted on The Daily Telegraph’s website, the overwhelming majority of 2400 readers voted that the ­singlet tops were not racist.

The backlash against Woolworths over the “accidental” stocking of the shirt promoting Australia has been described as “hypocritical” by a ­government MP. The supplier of the T-shirt — which sports the Australian flag and the words “If you don’t love it, leave” — also expressed concern over social media criticism of the shopping giant.

Only two Woolworths stores, in Cairns and Sydney, sold the T-shirts and all stock was removed on Monday.

Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott, parliamentary secretary to Premier Mike Baird, said he failed to see how the shirt could be labelled racist.  “While I acknowledge that the statement is controversial (Why?), I doubt it deserves the level of condemnation that we have seen” Mr Elliott said. “I’d say the majority of Australians read it and say: ‘Yeah, if you don’t like it here you are free to leave’.’’

Neil Booth, the Sydney businessman who supplied the shirts to Woolworths, said: “My father fought for this country. We believe in freedom of speech and I don’t believe Love it or Leave is discriminatory.”

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AUSTRALIA: Dozens of alleged anti-Muslim incidents have Muslims and their leftist dhimmi allies in an uproar

How convenient that they fail to mention that the rise in anti-Muslim sentiment is the result of multiple beheading threats by Australian jihadists that caused panic among Australians and massive counter-Islamic terrorism police raids on Muslims and mosques.

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SMH  There have been at least 30 attacks on Muslims (ONLY 30?) – mainly against women wearing the Islamic supremacist headbag (hijab) – in the three weeks since the police anti-terror raids and threats by Islamic State put relations between the Islamic community and mainstream Australia on edge.

Muslim community leaders are compiling a register of religiously motivated incidents, which includes reports of physical and verbal assaults, threats of violence against senior clerics and damage to mosques.

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They claim “mistrust” with police had led to the real rate of anti-Islamic episodes going unreported and the threat of segregation for women wearing the niqab (full-face headbag) into Parliament had licensed a new wave of people willing to vent against Muslim women in public in recent days.

Solicitor Lydia Shelly, of the Muslim Legal Network, said:  “We have noticed an increase in attacks against Muslim women in public places, of those who wear a headbag or a hijab.

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“As a Muslim woman, I am very concerned that this is impacting on the rights or perhaps the freedom of movement for Muslim women, because they simply do not feel safe any more. We have had property defaced. We have had death threats issued to our spiritual leaders and threats to bomb the mosques and things like that.”

Ahmed Kilani, who edits the online Muslim Village publication, said it was “pathetic” that NSW Police had a single officer, Sergeant Geoffrey Steer, dedicated to “bias-motivated crimes”, the category that anti-Islamic attacks fit into.

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Ever the ‘victims,’ Muslims protest police counterIslamic terrorism raids

A police spokesman disputed that, saying each local area command took responsibility for bias crimes. He said NSW Police “has met with senior Muslim community leaders on a regular basis since Operation Appleby”.

Ertunc Ozen, chief executive of the Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance, said the focus on the attire worn by Muslim women was doing the work of the Islamic State by “telling our youth that they do not belong in this country and they never will”

It was also being used by “the more extreme elements in the broader Australian community who actually feel that Muslim people and Muslim thought are totally incompatible with the Australian way of life”, he said.

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Muslims in Australia don’t get arrested for signs like this

ALLEGED assaults on Muslims including verbal abuse or ‘hate’ speech:

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  • A woman in hijab is physically attacked and her car subsequently vandalised with profanities spray painted on it in western Sydney
  •  A heavily pregnant woman verbally abused and intimidated in Sydney 
  •  A mother and her baby verbally abused, spat on and their pram kicked in Sydney
  •  A mother and daughter verbally abused and a passer-by physically assaulted for intervening in Newcastle

Victoria

  •  A mother and her child verbally abused and told to take her child away from the other children at a playground in  Melbourne

Queensland

  • A woman in hijab has a cup of coffee hurled through the window of her car in Brisbane
  •  A mother and her baby approached by three men, has her hijab ripped off, is spat on and pushed to the ground in Brisbane  
  • A woman is approached by a man and told to take her hijab off so he can burn it in Brisbane
  • A woman is verbally abused by a man who threatens to burn her house down 

Western Australia

  • A woman is approached by men in a Perth shopping centre who try to rip her hijab from her head

ACT

  • Young woman takes off her hijab out of fear for her safety  

Threats and/or attacks on property or institutions:

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  • Lakemba Mosque and Auburn Gallipoli Mosque directly threatened in letters sent by the  Australian Defence League  
  • Two cars belonging to a Muslim family has the words ‘Muslim Dog’ spray painted on them in Wentworthville
  • Direct threats against the Grand Mufti of Australia issued by anonymous members of the Australian Defence League via a letter saying “Muslims…Australia will fight you ‘terror for terror’ ‘blood for blood’ ‘bomb for bomb’ ” 
  • Maronite School – Catholic nun threatened by a group waving an ISIS flag reportedly yelling they would ‘slaughter the Christians’ (Doesn’t sound like an anti-Muslim attack to me)
  • Minto Mosque receives a threatening letter from an anonymous source  

Queensland

  • Mareeba mosque vandalised with the word ‘evil’ spray-painted across the front
  • Logan Mosque subjected to hate attack with anti-Muslim pamphlets dumped on its grounds, saying ‘Terrorists born in Australia are not Australians – they are Muslims’ and ‘Muslims are not welcome in Australia, go back to where you came from’ 
  • Holland Park Mosque has a pig’s head embedded with a cross dumped on its grounds

Watch the lefties whine in the video below:

 

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JOHN CANTLIE: “I haven’t yet been beheaded by ISIS because they value me as a useful idiot”

ISIS British hostage in his latest video blames the UK and US for his impending demise. He sounds sincere in this new diatribe, leading me to think he might agree with his captors. After all, he went to Syria voluntarily.

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John Cantlie with one of his Syrian “rebel” pals before they were his captors

RT  An Islamic State (IS) magazine has published an article it claims to have been written by British hostage John Cantlie entitled: ‘The real story behind my videos’. The photojournalist has featured in 3 IS videos. The most recent was released Sunday. His “article” was published in issue 4 of the IS magazine ‘Dabiq’ and, points fingers at the US and UK for not negotiating the possibilities of the release of previous IS victims. 

“Four of my cellmates have already been executed by the Islamic State in the most visceral way possible after the British and American governments apparently made a joint decision not to discuss terms for our release with our captors,” the piece says. 

John-Cantlie-propaganda“And now, unless something changes very quickly and very radically, I await my turn” it adds. “I’ve had to watch as James (Foley), Steven Sotloff, David Haines and Alan Henning, walked out of the door, one every two weeks since August 18, never to return, knowing they were going to be killed and going to their deaths.” 

The piece claims that 43-year-old Cantlie has been sleeping in a “clean and comfortable” room on a mattress on the floor. He allegedly declares that for someone in his position “it is enough.” It also alleges that the hostage has been writing his own scripts for the videos in which he has appeared over the past weeks.

In it he stated that he has been “abandoned” by his government and that Islamic State fighters are ‘dug in for the fight.’ He cites their alleged strengths saying that “war only makes the jihadist movement stronger.”

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Latest issue of the Islamic State (ISIS) magazine shows the black flag of jihad flying over the Vatican

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The black flag of the Islamic terrorist group ISIS is shown flying above St. Peter’s Square on the cover of the group’s magazine Dabiq, which called in its latest issue for a war against the Catholic Church.

ANSA  (h/t TROP)  With the headline The Failed Crusade, the photo-shopped cover of Dabiq caps new threats against Rome and the Vatican as well as forces led by the United States in a bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria against ISIS militants.  

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It threatens to “conquer” Rome and “break your crosses,” referring to the symbol of Christianity. The group has previously suggested that the fight is about religion and western forces are attacking the Islamic faith rather than the militants – a modern version of the medieval Crusades that pitted the Roman Catholic Christians of the day against Islam.

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The article in Dabiq – named for a town in northern Syria – also urged faithful Muslims to attack and kill “every Crusader possible” and added that “it is lawful to kidnap the women of the infidels and use them as sex slaves”.

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Last month, security officials said that they had stepped up security at the Vatican following threats by ISIS, which wants to establish an Islamic Caliphate. This marked the fourth issue of Dabiq, which is published in English.

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How much damage have U.S. air strikes inflicted on ISIS in Kobane?

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WAR ‘AGAINST’ ISIS? Obama “strategy” is in tatters as ISIS advances on its way to Baghdad

American-led air attacks are failing. Jihadis are close to taking Kobani (Kobane), in Syria – and in Iraq western Baghdad is now under serious threat.

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UK Independent  America’s plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group’s fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad.

The US-led air attacks launched against Islamic State (ISIS) on 8 August in Iraq and 23 September in Syria have not worked.  Obama’s plan to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. In both Syria and Iraq, ISIS is expanding its control rather than contracting.

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ISIS reinforcements have been rushing towards Kobani in the past few days to ensure that they win a decisive victory over the Syrian Kurdish town’s remaining defenders. The group is willing to take heavy casualties in street fighting and from air attacks in order to add to the string of victories it has won in the four months since its forces captured Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, on 10 June.

Part of the strength of the fundamentalist movement is a sense that there is something inevitable and divinely inspired about its victories, whether it is against superior numbers in Mosul or US airpower at Kobani.

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In the face of a likely Isis victory at Kobani, senior US officials have been trying to explain away the failure to save the Syrian Kurds in the town, probably Isis’s toughest opponents in Syria. “Our focus in Syria is in degrading the capacity of [Isis] at its core to project power, to command itself, to sustain itself, to resource itself,” said US Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, in a typical piece of waffle designed to mask defeat.

“The tragic reality is that in the course of doing that there are going to be places like Kobani where we may or may not be able to fight effectively.”

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Unfortunately for the US, Kobani isn’t the only place air strikes are failing to stop ISIS. In an offensive in Iraq launched on 2 October but little reported in the outside world, ISIS has captured almost all the cities and towns it did not already hold in Anbar province, a vast area in western Iraq that makes up a quarter of the country.

It has captured Hit, Kubaisa and Ramadi, the provincial capital, which it had long fought for. Other cities, towns and bases on or close to the Euphrates River west of Baghdad fell in a few days, often after little resistance by the Iraqi Army which showed itself to be as dysfunctional as in the past, even when backed by US air strikes.

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Today, only the city of Haditha and two bases, Al-Assad military base near Hit, and Camp Mazrah outside Fallujah, are still in Iraqi government hands. Joel Wing, in his study –”Iraq’s Security Forces Collapse as The Islamic State Takes Control of Most of Anbar Province” – concludes: “This was a huge victory as it gives the insurgents virtual control over Anbar and poses a serious threat to western Baghdad”.

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The battle for Anbar, which was at the heart of the Sunni rebellion against the US occupation after 2003, is almost over and has ended with a decisive victory for ISIS.

The US’s failure (or unwillingness) to save Kobani, if it falls, will be a political as well as military disaster. Indeed, the circumstances surrounding the loss of the beleaguered town are even more significant than the inability so far of air strikes to stop ISIS taking 40% of it.

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Kurdish teenager explains why U.S. and coalition air strikes against ISIS are doing next to nothing

Dear Mr. Obama, Dear United Nations, Dear Human Rights Organizations:

(Unable to confirm this young man’s message, but it certainly sounds accurate in view of what is happening in Kobane –BNI)

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1-This is my picture and shows our weapon power. As you can see, ISIS terrorist organization they got tanks and we only got Kalashnikoff, so please send us anti-tank weapons so we can remove ISIS. Please act now, tomorrow will be too late.

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2- Please open humanitarian corridor for Kobanê as you know it’s more than 27 days ISIS blocked everything around us, we only had some help from Kurds in Turkey. Unfortunately Turkey blocked that side as ISIS requested.

3-Every night Turkey sending weapon to ISIS. PLEASE stop Turkey to help ISIS.

4- Every time US air strike wanted to bomb ISIS position Turkish army sending message to  ISIS, so they quickly changed their position. That is why air strike is not hitting the target. 

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