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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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UN warns of 'genocide' if IS take Kobani

Terror group IS are thought to have taken 40% of the town of Kobani. Credit: Reuters

The United Nations has warned thousands of people will be massacred if the Syrian border town of Kobani falls to IS.

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura told Reuters it could suffer the same fate as the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, where 8,000 Muslims were murdered by Serbs in 1995.

The massacre was Europe's worst atrocity since World War Two.

The UN believes 700 mainly elderly civilians are trapped in the town itself and 12,000 have left the center but not made it across the border into Turkey.

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