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'I miss Daddy. He is fighting bad people so we can go home'.

Byline: VANESSA ALTIN on the Turkish/Syrian border

WITH brave smiles on their faces, they look like children on a school outing.

But these youngsters have just escaped the horrors of a Syrian town turned into a bloodbath by brutal IS terrorists.

They believe the fathers they left behind in beseiged Kobane will beat the invaders so they can return home. The tragedy is that they are probably already dead.

At a safe haven across the Turkish border, we give biscuits and water to some of the 150 children sheltering in Suruc in a council office garden. Rojdan, six, says: "It's too cold to sleep and the floor is hard. But the people gave us Turkish delight which was lovely."

Alene, five, adds: "I miss my daddy but he has to fight the bad people so we can go home." Then, away from the children's ears, we hear of the bloody horrors of Kobane.

Ekram Ahmet, 40, fled the border town with his wife and five children six days ago. He says: "There are thousands of people still there. Many are trapped between the town and the closed Turkish border - out in the open waiting for rescue or death.

"This IS, they are animals. They have a bloodlust like I've never seen. They revel in cutting heads off - it's like their trademark."

Ekram says many of the IS are drug crazed.

"They are filthy, with straggly beards and long black nails. They have lots of pills with them that they all keep taking. It seems to make them more crazy." His story is backed up by other refugees who say they found found bags of amphetamines on the bodies of IS fighters.

Ekram says: "They take the pills and get agitated, desperate to punish even children.

"My 11-year-old son was dragged off a minibus by IS. They found a tiny Koran in his pocket my wife gave him for luck.

"They ripped it to pieces. Realising he was Kurdish they pushed him into a line to be beheaded. But the terrorists were distracted by incoming fire and my son ran. He got home to find us burying our neighbour's family.

"His sister, two brothers and a son had been beheaded and he pleaded with me to help find their heads. We were told the IS had taken them as trophies. We buried the bodies and then I took my family and fled to Turkey."

US jets conducted six air strikes against IS near Kobane on Friday and yesterday as fierce street fighting continued. A Kurdish reporter said defence forces were outnumbered but were "committed to fighting to the death" to try to save their town.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 12, 2014
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