Hundreds of Syrians return to border town from Turkey

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Posted: Jun 17, 2015 8:26 AM
Hundreds of Syrians return to border town from Turkey

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Hundreds of Syrians returned to the border town of Tal Abyad from Turkey on Wednesday, a day after Kurdish fighters drove out Islamic State militants.

An Associated Press photographer saw women, elderly people and children carrying their belongings across the border.

Kurdish fighters took full control of Tal Abyad on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to the IS group's ability to wage war in Syria by cutting off a vital supply line to its self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa.

The Kurdish advance caused the displacement of about 23,000 people who fled the fighting to Turkey over the past two weeks, according to the U.N. refugee agency.