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Syrian Kurds call for airstrikes on IS in northeast Syria

March 13, 2015

BEIRUT (AP) — A spokesman for Syria’s main Kurdish force called on the U.S.-led coalition on Friday to attack Islamic State group positions in northeastern Syria where the jihadis are on the offensive.

The call by Redor Khalil came as activists said dozens of Kurdish and IS fighters were killed this week in clashes near the Syrian village of Tal Tamr. IS fighters have also been attacking the predominantly Kurdish northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn on the border with Turkey.

Khalil, a spokesman for the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, also called in his statement for young men in the area to join the battle against IS, saying the jihadi group has brought in reinforcements from Syria and Iraq for the offensive in Tal Tamr and Ras al-Ayn.

“Everyone is urged to come and defend,” Khalil said.

Weeks of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition recently helped tip the balance against IS fighters in their attack on the northern Syrian town of Kobani. Since then, YPG fighters have regained full control of Kobani as well as dozens of surrounding villages.

“Daesh was not able to achieve its goal in Kobani and it is now trying to achieve that” in Tal Tamr and Ras al-Ayn, Khalil said using an Arabic acronym to refer to the Islamic State group.

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