World Bulletin/News Desk
ISIL fighters have seized 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria in a major advance towards the city of Ayn al-Arab at the border with Turkey, a Kurdish military official and a group that tracks the civil war said on Thursday.
Ocalan Iso, a commander in Kurdish armed group YPG, told Reuters that ISIL fighters were using heavy weapons including tanks in their attack near the city, known as Kobani in Kurdish.
Rami Abdulrahman, founder of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the villages had been seized in an ISIL advance that started on Wednesday. "They have a large number of fighters," he told Reuters by phone.
Iso told Reuters the Kurds were seeking support from other groups including the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) to fend off the advance by ISIL. Speaking via Skype, he said they wanted support "in all military aspects".Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Eylül 2014, 11:58