Middle East

People watch from a hill in Turkish territory as the International anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition continues to carry out airstrikes on the town of Kobani, Syria, as seen from Turkey, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey, 16 October 2014. According to media sources Kurdish fighters have made gains against militants from IS in their defence of the besieged town of Kobane, following over 50 airstrikes carried out over the past 48 hours in areas east and south of Kobane by the international anti-IS coalition which according to the Pentagon have killed hundreds of IS militants in the operation now named Inherent Resolve.

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People watch from a hill in Turkish territory as the International anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition continues to carry out airstrikes on the town of Kobani, Syria, as seen from Turkey, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey

A Syrian Kurdish child sits in the yard of a mosque where refugees have taken shelter in the Turkish town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province on October 15, 2014. US-led aircraft will continue bombing near the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab (Kobane) and in western Iraq, President Barack Obama said after talks with military leaders from an international coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

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A Syrian Kurdish child sits in the yard of a mosque where refugees have taken shelter in the Turkish town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on Wednesday

A large explosion allegedly hitting a Syrian army military outpost in the southern part of the city of Maarat al-Numan in the Idlib province. The explosion was reportedly caused by rebel fighters belonging to Ahrar al-Sham brigade of the Islamic Front coalition who dug a tunnel underneath the outpost and loaded it with explosives.

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A large explosion allegedly hitting a Syrian army military outpost in the southern part of the city of Maarat al-Numan in the Idlib province. The explosion was reportedly caused by rebel fighters belonging to Ahrar al-Sham brigade of the Islamic Front coalition who dug a tunnel underneath the outpost and loaded it with explosives.

Kurdish women shout slogans during the funeral of a  YPG (People's Protection Units) fighter in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on October 14, 2014. Attacking Islamic State jihadists met firm Kurdish resistance in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane on Sunday, as neighbouring Turkey heeded pressure to intervene and handed the US access to its air bases.

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Kurdish women shout slogans during the funeral of a YPG (People’s Protection Units) fighter in the town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province. Attacking Islamic State jihadists met firm Kurdish resistance in the Syrian battleground town of Kobani on Tuesday

An Israeli woman and a Palestinian woman gesture at one another during a protest by Palestinian women against Jewish visitors to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City...An Israeli woman (C) and a Palestinian woman gesture at one another during a protest by Palestinian women against Jewish visitors to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City October 14, 2014. The site in Jerusalem's walled Old City has seen repeated disturbances over the years over what Palestinians say are fears of an Israeli threat to the site, which Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary. Israel denies any such threat. Jews also revere the site as the location of two destroyed biblical temples.

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An Israeli woman and a Palestinian woman gesture at one another during a protest by Palestinian women against Jewish visitors to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday

A woman speaks on a mobile phone as smoke rises after a strike from the US-led coalition on the the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, as seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, on October 13, 2014. The US-led international coalition carried out at least two new air strikes against positions held by Islamic State militants (IS) in and around Kobane on October 13, as meanwhile fighting broke out between Islamist jihadists and Kurdish fighters close to the Turkish border just north of the besieged Syrian town of Kobane.

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A woman speaks on a mobile phone as smoke rises after a strike from the US-led coalition on the the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, as seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, on Monday

Palestinians are blocked by Israel security forces from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third most holy site, on October 13, 2014, following clashes from the last week by Palestinians protesting against Jews visiting the flash point holy site during the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles, Israeli police said. The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is the scene of frequent clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian youths, who object to what they see as an attempted Jewish and Israeli takeover of the site that is administered by Jordanian and Palestinian Muslim authorities.

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Palestinians are blocked by Israel security forces from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam’s third most holy site, on Monday, following clashes from the last week by Palestinians protesting against Jews visiting the flash point holy site during the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles

A Palestinian protester runs to seek cover from Israeli water canon during clashes over the Jewish settlement of Qadomem at Kofr Qadom village, near the West Bank city of Nablus, 10 October 2014.

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A Palestinian protester runs to seek cover from Israeli water canon during clashes over the Jewish settlement of Qadomem at Kofr Qadom village, near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday

A Kurdish man leans on a motorbike on a hill near Turkish army tanks at the Turkish-Syrian border, in the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, across from the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, on October 9, 2014. Advancing Islamic State (IS) fighters seized control of a third of the Syrian border town of Kobane on October 9, as Turkey rejected sending in troops on its own against the jihadists. Despite intensified US-led air strikes, IS militants captured more ground in overnight fighting that left dozens dead, as calls grew for ground action to support Kobane's beleaguered Kurdish defenders.

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A Kurdish man leans on a motorbike on a hill near Turkish army tanks at the Turkish-Syrian border, in the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, across from the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, on Thursday

 A picture taken from Turkey shows smoke rises after an airstrike by an allegeded alliance war plane on Islamic State targets in the west of Kobane, Syria, where Kurdish fighters YPG are trying to defend the city, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey 08 October 2014.  Islamic State militants captured part of a strategic hill overlooking the southern entrance to the besieged Kurdish town of Kobane on Syria's border with Turkey, a monitoring group said. The Islamic State's reported advance came despite what appeared to be the most intense airstrikes yet on jihadist forces around the town by a US-led coalition that formed to fight the militants.

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Smoke rises after an airstrike by an alliance war plane on Islamic State in the west of Kobani, Syria, where Kurdish fighters YPG are trying to defend the city, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa