Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

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ELENA BECATOROS and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad also pointed to a dramatic shift in northeastern Syria: The town was where the United States military and Kurdish fighters first united to defeat the Islamic State group four years ago and holds powerful symbolism for Syrian Kurds and their ambitions of self-rule. The convoys of government forces drove into Kobani after dark, a resident said. The resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of
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