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Monday, October 20, 2014

ISIS Conducts Raid Into Turkey

The Daily Mail reports:
Abu Issa, the leader of a group fighting ISIS in the besieged city of Kobane, and his 20-year-old son Ammar, were ambushed by jihadists in the southeastern Turkish town of Urfa on Friday afternoon. 
The pair - who had been attending a meeting with Turkish officials - were snatched from their car in an apparent kidnapping attempt, after the driver of their car allegedly simply switched off the engine when confronted by four heavily armed ISIS militants at a roadblock.  
After being seized they were driven at high speed towards the Syrian border and only managed to escape when one of the third-party smugglers ISIS uses to transport people and weapons into Syria bailed on the plan after spotting Turkish soldiers. 
According to the article, Urfa is 20 miles from the border. So not a great distance for a snatch and grab, but the necessary reconnaissance and planning means that ISIS must be operating across the border for extended periods of time.

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