US fighter jets bombed IS militants near besieged Kobane
US-led coalition should seriously hit IS positions before they capture Kobane
Activists in the Kurdish besieged city of Kobane in Syria, under attack from IS, confirmed that the US-led coalition launched air strikes near Syria's border with Turkey.
Fighter jets bombed targets near the Kurdish town of Kobane, activists said, as the US-led coalition sustained the air campaign against the Islamic State.
Clashes have raged around Kobane for two weeks as IS captured dozens of villages and tried to push into the town itself.
Even though the West is supposedly fighting the Islamic State, Washington is yet to turn its attention to the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobane as fighters desperately try to stop IS on multiple fronts.
The fierce fighting has forced around 160,000 people to flee across the border into Turkey fearing a repeat of the atrocities committed against the Yazidi community in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Kobane is currently under attack on three sides by the Islamic State (I.S.) extremists, who are using heavy artillery and tanks. The Kurds also alleges that Turkey has been supplying the I.S. with arms.
For the leaders of Islamic State capturing Kobane would be a major victory. Removing the threat they perceive from Kurdish forces in Kobane would be useful to secure the northern road from the east to Manbij, an Islamic State stronghold east of Aleppo.
Smoke could be seen from the eastern side of the town on Saturday after what sounded like an explosion.
Kurdish sources inside Kobane, where fighters had been preparing for street battles should IS manage to penetrate their defenses, said they had been informed of the strikes in advance so they could pull back from some frontlines.
Locals said the village of Alishera, held by IS and just a few kilometers from the border, had been hit by one of four strikes on Saturday morning.
A series of allied air strikes that hit targets in several areas of the Kobane region had not managed to displace Islamic State. The planes hit buildings in outlying areas, many of them already vacated, while do- ing nothing to stem the advance of the jihadists’ convoys. Islamic State forces were blitzing villages with tanks and pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns, followed by fighters on foot streaming in from behind. There now appears to be an increasing urgency to the attacks. IS militants are trying to capture Kobane before the air strikes start making a difference.
The US, backed by Arab allies, launched its first air strikes on IS targets in Syria on Tuesday after hitting hundreds of targets in neighboring Iraq, where the group has also captured large swaths of territory.
In Syria, the group has established its headquarters in the northern Raqqa province, which it fully controls.
Activists in Raqqa said that the US-led coalition had hit several IS positions in the province on Saturday, killing dozens of fighters.
Several attacks targeted the Tabqa air base, which the self-declared jihadists captured from the regime last month. An IS train- ing camp was also hit, as well as one of the group's checkpoints, the activists said.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported strikes for the first time in Homs province, east of the desert town of Palmyra, famed for its ancient ruins.
Syria Kurds cross the border from Syria into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruo in Sanliufa province, on Sept., 20, 2014.