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Islamic State raises black flags on Syrian border town of Kobani

Clashes with Kurdish forces

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MURSITPINAR, Turkey: The Islamic State has raised its black flags on the outskirts of the key Syrian border town of Kobani, following fierce clashes with Kurdish forces.

The jihadists have also killed at least 30 people in twin suicide bomb attacks in Syria's north east.

The group's black flag could be seen atop a four-storey building near the scene of intense fighting in recent days and atop a hill overlooking the town.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 Islamic State fighters have been surrounding areas near the Syrian border town of Kobani for the past three weeks, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

More than 2000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the Syrian town of Kobani, after Islamic State militants, who have besieged the town for over three weeks, advanced inside.

Residents, Syrian Kurds, reported hearing gunfights outside their homes. A Kurdish Democratic Union Party translator told Reuters: "We can hear the sound of clashes in the street."

The town's Kurdish defenders said the militants had not reached the city centre.

Local sources inside Kobani confirmed the group had planted its flag but said that Kurdish forces had repelled their advances so far.

"ISIL have only planted a flag on one building on the eastern side of town," said Ismail Eskin, a journalist in the town. "That is not inside the city, it's on the eastern side. They are not inside the city. Intense clashes are continuing," according to Reuters.

NATO could move land troops into Turkey to protect Turkish forces from the Islamic State, Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg has said.

Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobane or Kobani, lies on Syria's border with Turkey, and for nearly three weeks has been under attack by IS militants who are trying to seize the frontier territory.

The group has made significant gains in other parts of Syria and across northern Iraq as part of its quest to establish a "caliphate" in the region.

Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a statement from the Kurdish force known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG, said more than 45 fighters on both sides were killed Sunday near Kobani, including a Kurdish female fighter who blew herself up, killing several jihadists, said Reuters.

The assault has forced some 160,000 Syrians to flee and strained Kurdish forces, who have struggled to push back the extremists despite being aided by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.

On the Turkish side of the border, at least 14 Turkish army tanks took up defensive positions on a hilltop near Kobani. Heavy bombardment could be heard down below as plumes of smoke rose from the town.

Ismat Sheikh Hassan, a commander of a Kurdish militia, the YPG, said Isis flags spotted on the buildings in Kobani were a ruse.

"I know they put an ISIS flag on the hill. It is a lie. We want you to know they are not in the city right now. We would prefer to die than to leave Kobani," he said by phone from inside the town, according to the Guardian.

Having called for international support for more than a fortnight, Hassan acknowledged that there had been some action from the US-led coalition to strike ISIS closer to Kobani, but he could not confirm whether it would be enough to force the jihadis back.

"Yesterday evening there were two bombs [dropped] behind the hill, but we don't know if they did anything. And we still don't have any other support," he said, the Guardian reported.> BNN

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