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Grim Life in Kobani Pushes Many Toward Europe

Life is a challenge for the Kurds who left Kobani, Syria, and fled to neighboring Turkey in the face of a jihadist assault last year. The siege and stiff resistance combined with U.S.-led coalition airstrikes helped the Kurds keep their town from falling into the hands of the Islamic State, but left the center and large parts of the eastern neighborhoods destroyed. Mustafa, a father of seven and a farmer, said only about 15 percent of the town’s population has returned. To do so, they...

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