Smoke rises on October 24, 2014 from the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, as seen from the Turkish border near the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province.AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
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Plans to send Syrian rebel fighters to relieve besieged Kurds in the border town of Ain al-Arab were dismissed Friday by a senior Kurdish official and a rebel commander, highlighting the ongoing political tug-of-war as U.S.-led coalition airstrikes pounded ISIS positions in Syria and Iraq."We already established a connection with the FSA but no such agreement has been reached yet as Mr. Erdogan has mentioned," Saleh Muslim said via phone from Brussels.He referred to the Turkish president's comments that 1,300 FSA fighters had been cleared to cross into Ain al-Arab, known widely by its Kurdish name, Kobani. Ukaidi is seen as close to the Turkish leadership, which has tightly controlled the flow of fighters and weapons to Ain al-Arab's Kurdish defenders because of their links to the outlawed rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has fought a bloody three-decade insurgency in southeastern Turkey.
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