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The Islamic State group launched an attack Saturday on the Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey, a Kurdish official and activists said, although Turkey denied that the fighters had used its territory for the raid.
The assault began when a suicide bomber driving an armored vehicle detonated his explosives on the border crossing between Kobani and Turkey, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for Syria's powerful Kurdish Democratic Union Party.
The Islamic State group "used to attack the town from three sides," Khalil said. "Today, they are attacking from four sides."
A Turkish government statement on Saturday confirmed that one of the suicide attacks involved a bomb-loaded vehicle that detonated on the Syrian side of the border. But it denied that the vehicle had crossed into Kobani through Turkey, which would be a first for the extremist fighters.
"Claims that the vehicle reached the border gate by crossing through Turkish soil are a lie," read the statement released from the government press office at the border town of Suruc. "Contrary to certain claims, no Turkish official has made any statement claiming that the bomb-loaded vehicle had crossed in from Turkey."
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: daaskapital
If these claims are true, they would further damage Turkey's reputation
I would treat the claims of the Kurdish fighters with suspicion given the Kurds history with Turkey.
IRAQI KURDISH LEADER BARZANI THANKS TURKEY FOR KOBANI SUPPORT
IRBIL — Turkish approval and U.S. support enabled Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to go to Kobani, the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government leader said on Thursday.
Masoud Barzani said that peshmerga access to Kobani would have been impossible without Turkey's compliance, in a written statement. Barzani spoke after peshmerga soldiers departed early Wednesday to fight alongside Kurdish fighters in Kobani on the Turkey-Syria border to take on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. "Intense bilateral and trilateral talks were held among the U.S., Turkey and the Kurdish region to arrange access for the peshmerga. After the talks, Turkey officially informed us that it would provide all kinds of support," he said.
The first batch of Kobani-bound peshmerga troops landed in a private plane at Turkey's GAP Airport from Irbil International Airport early Wednesday, and then were stationed in the Suruç district of Turkey's border province Şanlıurfa. A separate truck convoy carrying heavy weaponry also entered Turkey on Wednesday via the Habur border crossing in the southeastern province of Şırnak. Barzani saıd that the Iraqi Kurdish parliament unanimously voted last week to send peshmerga forces through Turkey after foreign support was secured.