Border crossings are always a prize for militants, and ISIS has tried to take Ayn al-Arab repeatedly, leading the various Kurdish militias to mobilize large “calls to arms” to defend the city.
Locals aren’t willing to bet that’s going to work again this time, however, and they are fleeing en masse into neighboring Turkey. An estimated 100,000 civilians have fled Ayn al-Arab already.
That number is expected to rise as ISIS continues to near the city itself, and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) continues to urge Kurds in southeastern Turkey to take up arms to defend the city.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Israeli Tanks Attack Syrian Army Post Over Errant Mortar Fire - October 19th, 2017
- Syrian Kurds Holding Foreign ISIS Leaders - October 19th, 2017
- ISIS Seizes Villages South of Kirkuk as Iraq Focuses on Kurds - October 19th, 2017
- Pentagon Opens Niger Ambush Probe, Seeking Details on What Happened - October 19th, 2017
- State Dept Contradicts Trump on Cuba 'Attack' Accusation - October 19th, 2017