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A Kurdish fighter smiles as he drives a car in the center of the Syrian border town of Kobane, known as Ain al-Arab, on January 28, 2015. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on January 26 in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq.

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A Kurdish fighter smiles as he drives a car in the centre of the Syrian border town of Kobani, known as Ain al-Arab, on Wednesday. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on Tuesday in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq

.A Kurdish refugee girl, who is from the Syrian town of Kobani, cooks outside her tent at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province November 20, 2014.

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A Kurdish refugee girl, who is from the Syrian town of Kobani, cooks outside her tent at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province

Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani play at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province November 17, 2014.

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Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani play at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province

A Syrian Kurdish refugee boy from the Kobani area, holds a toy weapon at a camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters

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A Syrian Kurdish refugee boy from the Kobani area, holds a toy weapon at a camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border on Thursday

A Kurdish refugee boy from the Syrian town of Kobani holds onto a fence that surrounds a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province November 3, 2014.

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A Kurdish refugee boy from the Syrian town of Kobani holds onto a fence that surrounds a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province

A Syrian Kurdish woman walks with her baby on October 23, 2014,  in the Rojava refugee camp at Suruc in Sanliurfa province. Turkey said on October 21 that Kurdish peshmerga fighters based in Iraq have yet to cross into Syria from Turkish territory, a day after announcing it was assisting their transit to join the battle for the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab. It was seen as a major switch in policy by Turkey, which until now has refused to interfere in the over month-long battle for Kobane between Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

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A Syrian Kurdish woman and her baby on Thursday in the Rojava refugee camp at Suruc in Sanliurfa province in southeastern Turkey. This week Turkey decided to allow Kurdish forces to cross into Syria to fight in the pivotal border town of Kobani that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, has been on the cusp of overtaking amid a month-long battle .

Syrian Kurdish woman and her children gather around a fire early in the morning in a refugee camp at Suruc, in the Sanliurfa province, on October 21, 2014. Turkey dropped its refusal to allow Kurdish fighters over the border to defend the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, saying it was now helping Iraqi peshmerga to cross the frontier in a major policy shift.

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A Syrian Kurdish woman and her children gather around a fire in a refugee camp at Suruc, in the Sanliurfa province of Turkey on Tuesday. Turkey has dropped its opposition to allowing Kurdish fighters over the border to defend the besieged Syrian town of Kobani.

A Kurdish refugee child from the Syrian town of Kobani holds a bread in a camp in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province on October 20, 2014. The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants near Kobani on Sunday in what appeared to be the Pentagon's first public acknowledgment it has delivered lethal aid to the rebels.

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A Kurdish refugee child from the Syrian town of Kobani holds a bread in a camp in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province on Monday

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

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

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

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

Turkish tanks line up on a hill outside the village of Mursitpinar next to the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, on the Turkish-Syrian border ince, on October 6, 2014. Turkish security forces on Monday used tear gas to push dozens of reporters and Kurdish civilians away from the border zone close to intense fighting for the besieged Syrian town of Kobane.

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Turkish tanks line up on a hill outside the village of Mursitpinar next to the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, on the Turkish-Syrian border on Monday

Kurdish Syrian refugees walk at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province...Kurdish Syrian refugees walk at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 24, 2014. The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday it was making contingency plans in case all 400,000 inhabitants of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani fled into Turkey to escape advancing Islamic State militants.

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Kurdish Syrian refugees walk at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on Wednesday

Syrian Kurds cross the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on September 23, 2014. The UN refugee agency warned Tuesday that as many as 400,000 people may flee to Turkey from Syria's Kurdish region to escape attacks by the Islamic State group.

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Syrian Kurds cross the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province

Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants on the front line in Khazir, September 16, 2014.

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Kurdish peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants on the front line in Khazir

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State (IS), near Mosul September 15, 2014.

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A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State (IS), near Mosul in Iraq

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US Secretary of State John Kerry boards a cargo plane at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman on Tuesday on his way to Kurdish territories in the north of Iraq for a second day of talks with Iraqi leaders about the increasing insurgent crisis as cities continue to fall to rebel-led groups.