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Publish Date: 11:03 - 23 September 2014
A leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has accused the Turkish government of collaborating with the ISIL Takfiri militants operating inside Syria and neighboring Iraq.
On Sunday, Dursun Kalkan said Ankara is collaborating with the ISIL terrorists, calling on fellow Kurdish fighters to cross into Syria to defend the Kurdish city of Kobane near the border with Turkey.

Kurdish fighters continue battling the ISIL terrorists in an effort to stop their advances into Syrian villages and cities.

In the latest related development, nearly 20 ISIL members were killed in clashes with the Kurdish fighters.

Syrian Kurds, fleeing clashes between ISIL and Kurdish fighters in Kobane and the surrounding areas, have been massing along the Turkish border since September 18.

Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab, is Syria’s third-largest Kurdish city in Aleppo Province with a population of nearly half a million people.

The Kurdish city has been under constant threat of violence by the ISIL Takfiri militants over the past few months. Reports say the terrorists, who are seeking to finalize their grip on the region after seizing over nearly 60 villages, are now within 15 kilometers (9 miles) of Kobane.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says that there has been an unprecedented influx of refugees and that the number of Syrian Kurds seeking refuge in Turkey from the ISIL advance across northeastern Syria has reached 100,000.

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