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Air Strike on IS Militants


Bulent Kilic

Agence France-Presse

23 October, 2014

Islamic State (IS) group militants stand near an airstrike on Tilsehir hill on the Turkish border with Syria at the village of Yumurtalik, Sanliurfa province, Turkey.

About the photographer

Bulent Kilic

In 2002 he became a photographer, joining AFP as a stringer two years later. He is currently the photo manager for Turkey and has carried out several foreign assignments includin...

Background story

Smoke, dust and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani, after a US-led airstrike against the jihadist group that calls itself Islamic State (IS).

IS was laying siege to Kobani, a Kurdish town within sight of the Turkish border, and militants had planted a black IS flag on the hill. Kobani was a strategic flashpoint, as the town’s fall would put IS in a position to directly threaten a NATO ally, drawing the alliance into the conflict. The Turkish government has a difficult relationship with the country’s own Kurdish population, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan initially refused active help against IS, although he did later express willingness to allow a small group of Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross Turkey into Kobani.

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Nikon D4

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