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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Syrian refugees wait on the Syrian side of the border in order to cross, Saturday, June 13, 2015. Turkey's emergency ma In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Syrian refugees wait on the Syrian side of the border in order to cross, Saturday, June 13, 2015. Turkey's emergency ma
In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Turkish army, bottom, watch as Syrian refugees wait on the Syrian side of the border in order to cross, Saturday, June In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Turkish army, bottom, watch as Syrian refugees wait on the Syrian side of the border in order to cross, Saturday, June
In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Turkish soldiers, bottom, walk as Syrian refugees wait on the Syrian side of the border in order to cross, Saturday, Ju In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Turkish soldiers, bottom, walk as Syrian refugees wait on the Syrian side of the border in order to cross, Saturday, Ju

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish officials and activists say Kurdish fighters are making headway toward a stronghold of the Islamic State group near the Turkish border amid intense fighting between the two sides.

The fighting has forced thousands of residents of Tal Abyad to flee to Turkey. On Saturday, hundreds of additional Syrians could be seen on the Syrian side of the border, waiting to cross into Turkey.

A statement by the main Syrian Kurdish fighting force, known as the YPG, said its fighters have laid siege to the Islamic State-held town of Suluk southwest of Tal Abyad. It said IS militants have "lost control" over Suluk and Kurdish forces were advancing toward Tal Abyad.

The Kurds are backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.

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