Thou­sands flee fight­ing in Syria

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

More than 3,300 Syr­i­ans have crossed into Turkey in the last two days, f lee­ing fight­ing be­tween Is­lamic State mil­i­tants and Kur­dish forces in north­ern Syria’s Tal Abyad re­gion, a Turk­ish of­fi­cial said.

The refugees en­tered Turkey at the Ak­cakale bor­der cross­ing, said the of­fi­cial, who re­quested anonymity be­cause he was not au­tho­rized to speak with the me­dia. He also cited a U.S.led coali­tion airstrike in ru­ral ar­eas near Tal Abyad.

Kur­dish fighters, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, are closing in on Is­lamic State in Tal Abyad, tak­ing towns and vil­lages in the oil-rich swath in the coun­try’s north­east.

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