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Turkey will do 'whatever it can' to prevent Kobane fall: PM

AFP , Friday 3 Oct 2014
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu (Photo: Reuters)

Turkey will do whatever it can to prevent the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane falling to jihadists, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said after the Turkish parliament gave the green light for military action.

Islamic State (IS) militants have now advanced to a few kilometres from Kobane, known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic, which lies just across the Turkish border. Turkey is already hosting over 160,000 refugees from the besieged region.

"We do not want Kobane to fall. We opened our arms to our brothers from Kobane," Davutoglu said in an interview with A Haber-ATV television late Thursday.

"We will do do whatever we can so that Kobane does not fall" to IS jihadists, he added, without giving specific details on the measures Turkey might take.

Turkish officials have cautioned against expecting rapid military steps following parliament's approval and it remains uncertain if Turkish armed forces will be used against the militants.

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