Kurds ad­vanc­ing on Is­lamic State

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Hun­dreds of Syr­ian refugees poured into a Turk­ish-Syr­ian bor­der cross­ing, flee­ing in­tense fight­ing be­tween Syr­ian Kurds and Is­lamic State mil­i­tants.

The mass ex­o­dus came as Kur­dish fighters said they were mak­ing head­way to­ward Tal Abyad, a strong­hold of the ex­trem­ist group near the Turk­ish bor­der.

The YPG, the main Syr­ian Kur­dish mili­tia, said the mil­i­tants had “lost con­trol” over Su­luk and it was ad­vanc­ing on Tal Abyad.

The loss of Tal Abyad would be a ma­jor blow to the Is­lamist ex­trem­ist group.

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