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IS Militant In Kobani Issues Plea For Prayer

Smoke rises over an eastern Kobani neighborhood damaged by fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces on November 18.
Smoke rises over an eastern Kobani neighborhood damaged by fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces on November 18.

Amid reports that Kurdish militia fighters in Kobani are making gains against Islamic State (IS) forces, a Chechen militant fighting in the northern Syrian city has issued a plea for support and prayer from IS supporters.

Kurdish fighters on November 18 reportedly seized six buildings used by IS militants in Kobani, and captured a large number of IS weapons and ammunition, Reuters reported, citing the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

According to Rami Abdulrahman, who runs SOHR, the buildings were in a "strategic location close to Kobani's Security Square, where the main municipal buildings are based".

The report came after Idris Nassan, a Kurdish official in Kobani, claimed that the Kurds had made "big progress in the east and southeast" of Kobani, and that IS now controls less than 20 percent of the town.

While it is not possible to verify these reports, signs that IS is experiencing difficulties in Kobani are apparent in the tone of social-media postings made by the group in recent days.

While past postings spoke of victory and posted gloating accounts of plans to save the Kurdish people from communism and atheism, an account made via social media late on November 18 by an IS militant known as Adam al-Almani paints a very different picture of IS militants under heavy fire and air strikes.

"Brothers and sisters, I will try to be brief, for you this will be just a text, but for us they are fully experienced feelings, you read this on the screen, and we are going through this in real life, you get tired after 10 minutes of praying...but we do not rest, you're all comfortable in a soft bed, and we are anxious under a rain of missiles.

"You will not understand the feeling when the sky is torn up from drones, and the earth is bursting from what is falling on it.

"You do not understand the feeling when you lie, hoping to sleep an hour before your next turn guarding the front, and there are bombs falling and fragments of the ceiling drop on you, when you do not know which of the walls will fall on you in the next few minutes, or even worse, the roof.

"When brothers are killed in front of you, yes, yes, we have seen all that in the movies, but few have experienced it, when you know there is no turning back, that hell is behind you and ahead of you are trials."

Almani goes on to ask readers to pray for him and his fellow IS militants.

While it is too early to tell whether the tide of the battle has turned against IS militants in Kobani, the latest reports suggest that, at the very least, the battle is not going as well as IS would like.

-- Joanna Paraszczuk

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by: Christopher
November 19, 2014 16:07
Their problem is exactly they are asking for. They prayed too much to Satan himself.

by: joz from: south africa
November 19, 2014 17:29
let isis feel it. it iz here.

by: LostYourWay
November 19, 2014 18:08
Aw gee, that sounds terrible.
Poor guy, sounds like he's in Hell.

by: DJ100 from: USA
November 19, 2014 18:28
Best dang news of the month! :)
Extremism fails. Period. There is more good in the world than evil and people will fight for freedom- a fundamental ISIS pigs failed to realize.

by: Tom from: US
November 19, 2014 18:31
Yes, I'll pray that you will meet your Allah very soon. You get what you deserved for join ISIL.
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by: orlando
December 08, 2014 00:37
I agree with you 200% they want people to pray for them after beheading women and children its not going to happen the best thing they can do is surrender to the kurds and hope for mercy and go to a Kurdish prison.if not our bombs will kill them all.

by: TheSaucyMugwump from: saucymugwump.blogspot.com
November 19, 2014 22:42
Dear Allah:

Please kill all IS members around the world and do it in a horrible manner, e.g. boil them in oil. Please release the Yazidi girls who were kidnapped and raped by the IS savages and help them to forget their nightmare.

P.S. Please work with Santa Claus to create Kurdistan.

by: tim white from: london
November 19, 2014 23:21
My prayerful friends be you jewish, christian or muslim; you are talking to yourselves. There is no God and no one is listening.

by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
November 19, 2014 23:32
ISIL acquired all their wealth and power through theft, not creating anything but death and destruction. They are already running out of other people's money.

by: Kurdistan from: Canada
November 20, 2014 00:45
They should not have awaken Kurdish hero and heroism, soon we hear good news abut the excision of this cancer.

by: Eric from: Edingburg
November 20, 2014 01:20
ISIS brothers-in-arms, be brave. As brave as you were when you were beheading someone.
As brave as you were when you were throwing someone down the ravine.
Just think of the the 72 virgins and death will be fast and orgasmic.
Better die fast. The virgins are running out. Once they run out of virgins they will replace with virgin studs...not bad too.
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