Kobane

middle east

Syria’s Kurds Have Nearly Tripled Their Territory Fighting the Islamic State in 2015

Amid the chaos in Syria, the country's Kurds have managed to resist the advances of the Islamic State and carve out a zone of unprecedented autonomy in their own lands.
Avi Asher-Schapiro
12.22.15
middle east

Tal Abyad Has Declared Autonomy — and That May Worry Turkey

The Syrian border town will now be self-administered, but part of the canton, or province, of Kobane around 40 miles to the west, in a move that's likely to fuel Turkish concerns of Kurdish expansion.
John Beck
10.21.15
middle east

Kurds Fighting the Islamic State Enraged at Turkey Over Brutal Killing of Female Fighter

Photos of the naked, bloodied corpse of a Kurdish fighter killed by Turkish police have prompted calls for revenge and further complicated the struggle to defeat the Islamic State.
Xanthe Ackerman
8.23.15
middle east

In Photos: Grief, Pride, and Hope in the Ruins of Kobane

The border town of Kobane is a powerful symbol of Kurdish resistance against the Islamic State. Its residents, who fled in their thousands last year, are returning with the hope of rebuilding their lives.
Maryam Ashrafi
8.11.15
middle east

'There Will Be a Civil War in Turkey': Welcome to Cizre, the 'Center of Kurdish Resistance'

VICE News visited the southeastern Turkish town of Cizre, where a cycle of airstrikes and renewed attacks on Turkish troops threaten a return to a 30-year struggle that claimed more than 40,000 lives.
John Beck
8.7.15
middle east

Suspect 'Identified' and Islamic State Blamed for Turkish Border Town Bombing

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said border security would be increased as authorities probe the connections of a specific person they believe was a suicide bomber tied to Islamic State militants.
VICE News
7.21.15
middle east

Dozens Killed In Bomb Attack On Turkish Border Town

The blast took place outside a cultural center as a political group held a press conference discussing the reconstruction of majority Kurdish town of Kobane just across the Syrian border.
John Beck
7.20.15
Islamic State

Survivors Describe Entire Families Being Massacred in Brazen Islamic State Attack on Kobane

Witness and victim testimony obtained by VICE News indicates the militants targeted civilians in a surprise attack on the Syrian border city.
Samuel Oakford
6.27.15
war and conflict

Turkey's President Erdogan Denies Helping Islamic State Massacre Civilians in Kobane

It is as yet unclear how so many IS militants were able to infiltrate Kobane, even under disguise, and avoid the many YPG checkpoints on its fringes.
John Beck
6.26.15
Islamic State

Islamic State Launches Dual Syria Offensives as Fighting Rages On

Reportedly disguised in Kurdish and Free Syrian Army uniforms, Islamic State militants launched simultaneous assaults on Syrian Kurds and government forces.
John Beck
6.25.15
Islamic State

Islamic State Fighters Re-enter Kobane

The jihadists launched a simultaneous attack on Syrian and Kurdish forces in the cities of Kobane and Hasaka, fighting back after losing key ground in northern Syria in recent weeks.
VICE News
6.25.15
Stuff

The Colorful, Nationalistic Drawings of Kurdish Kids Fleeing the Islamic State

While photographing refugee camps along the Syrian-Turkish border, Olivia Kortas spent time with the children who were forced to flee their hometown of Kobane.
Olivia Kortas
6.23.15
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