Smoke rises after an airstrike from the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, on October 9, 2014
Smoke rises after an airstrike from the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, on October 9, 2014 © Aris Messinis - AFP
Smoke rises after an airstrike from the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, on October 9, 2014
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Last updated: October 10, 2014

Iran trying to convince Turkey to save Kobane

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Iran has begun talks with Turkey aimed at convincing it to help stop Islamic State group jihadists from taking the key Syrian border town of Kobane, an official said Thursday.

"Iran will take any action to help the Kurdish (people) of Kobane in the framework of the support that it provides to the Syrian government to combat terrorism," Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdollahian said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency.

Abdollahian said Tehran was in talks with Turkey.

"In our initial talks with Turkey, we found out that this country is not in favour of an aggravation of the crisis in the region and we hope that will play a positive role."

He also said Ankara can "play the most important role to help Syrian refugees go back home."

IS jihadists seized a third of Kobane Thursday in fighting that killed dozens, as calls grew for ground action to support Kobane's beleaguered Kurdish defenders.

But Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after meeting the head of NATO that it was "not realistic" to expect Ankara to "lead a ground operation on its own".

Ankara is under pressure over its inaction, and protests in Kurdish areas of Turkey have sparked clashes that claimed at least 23 lives and forced authorities to impose a curfew in six provinces.

The world's most numerous stateless people, Kurds are spread across Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria. Kurdish militants have waged a deadly insurgency for three decades for self-rule in Turkey.

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