Turkey allows rebels to join fight

Turkey is to allow hundreds of Syrian rebels to head to the embattled town of Kobani along the Syrian-Turkish border to help Kurdish fighters in the battle against Islamic State militants.

Turkey is to allow hundreds of Syrian rebels to head to the embattled town of Kobani along the Syrian-Turkish border to help Kurdish fighters in the battle against Islamic State militants.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) will send 1,300 fighters to the Syrian town.

Kurdish Syrian fighters have been battling militants who have been trying to seize Kobani since mid-September. A US-led coalition is also shelling militant positions around the town.

Mr Erdogan told reporters during a tour of Estonia and Latvia that the FSA fighters were negotiating their route with Kurdish forces in the town.

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