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Peshmerga depart from Turkey to besieged Kobani

A convoy of Kurdish Peshmerga troops departed from Turkey in a convoy overnight to help bolster Syrian Kurds holding out against self-styled Islamic State militants in the besieged town of Kobani.

Islamic State combatants have been trying to capture Kobani, known as Ayn al-Arab in Arabic, for over a month, pressing their assault despite U.S.-led air strikes on their positions and the deaths of hundreds of their fighters.

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Human rights defender killed in Mosul by militants

Samira Saleh al-Naimi was shot by miliants in Mosul earlier this week. Credit: Gulf Center for Human Rights

IS militants have kidnapped and murdered a leading lawyer and human rights campaigner in the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to the Gulf Center for Human Rights.

Samira Saleh al-Naimi, known for her work defending the poor and detained of the region, was an outspoken critic of the militant group known as the Islamic State, which stormed the city in June.

A group of masked men kidnapped al-Naimi from her home last week after she publicly called IS "barbaric." On Monday, more masked men led her to a public square in Mosul and shot her dead, the GCHR said.

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