A Photographer’s Inside View of #Kobani #Kobane Frederic Lafargue Documents a City’s Destruction

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  1. By CHELSEA MATIASH And PATRICK WHALEN
    Nov. 30, 2014 10:11 p.m. ET
    11 COMMENTS
    After weeks of trying and failing, French freelance photographer Frederic Lafargue crossed into Kobani on Friday. The besieged Syrian border city has been under attack by Islamic State militants since mid-September.

    A Syrian Kurdish fighter defends his position in Kobani. ENLARGE
    A Syrian Kurdish fighter defends his position in Kobani. FREDERIC LAFARGUE
    A crater is formed by an unexploded munition in the besieged city of Kobani. ENLARGE
    A crater is formed by an unexploded munition in the besieged city of Kobani. FREDERIC LAFARGUE
    On Sunday, he began capturing images of its destruction.

    Mr. Lafargue said he gained access to the city through a network of locals familiar with the border area. He described the damage as “enormous.”

    “I’ve covered a few war zones, but this level here seems quite exceptional,” he said on Sunday.

    “The city center close to the border entrance is in rubble,” he said, the result of “coalition airstrikes and the very heavy fighting happening there [for] weeks. The western part is much damaged by the constant [Islamic State] heavy mortar shelling, and the eastern part is almost flattened by the same factors as the central entrance district.”

    More than 190,000 Syrians have fled the city to Turkey since the offensive began.

    Mr. Lafargue said that he wears a helmet but carries minimal equipment to help him keep up with the Syrian Kurdish fighters who are escorting him through the town. He said he is careful not to take photographs that reveal tactical positions.

    Since arriving, Mr. Lafargue said he hasn’t witnessed a clash, “although the sound of [Saturday’s] battle [was] fierce, with permanent machine gun exchanges, numerous airstrikes and mortars landing.”
    http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-photographers-view-of-kobani-1417403506

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