Turkish and Syrian Kurds shout slogans after destroying the border fence into neighboring Syria during a demonstration near the Mursitpinar border crossing, in Sanliurfa province, on September 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC
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ISIS fighters tightened their siege of the strategic town of Kobani on Syria's border with Turkey on Friday, pushing back Kurdish forces and sending shells into Turkish territory, witnesses said.More than 140,000 Kurds have fled Kobani and surrounding villages since last Friday, crossing into Turkey.Kurds watching the fighting west of Kobani from hills on the Turkish side of the border -- Syrian refugees and Turks among them -- said they feared an imminent ISIS assault on the town and called for U.S.-led air strikes on the insurgents.U.S.-led air strikes have targeted ISIS fighters elsewhere in Syria but some Kurdish military officials have said they made the situation in Kobani more precarious by pushing the Sunni insurgents towards the Turkish border.The group tried to take the town in July but was repulsed by local forces backed by Kurdish fighters from Turkey.The PKK has urged Turkey's Kurds to join the fight to defend Kobani and accused Ankara of supporting ISIS.
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