Tanks mass as chilling pictures show black flag of ISIS raised in Syrian town just one mile away
Islamic State militants raised their flag over a building in the outskirts of the Syrian border town of Kobane this morning following an assault lasting almost three weeks, amid fears the town could fall to the jihadists within hours.
Kobane is just six miles from the Turkish border – the gateway into Europe – and the NATO member country has already called on the international alliance to provide military assistance in the event that ISIS fighters breach the border.
The black flag belonging to the terror group was visible from the Turkish side of the border – atop a four-storey building close to the scene of some of the most intense clashes in recent days. He added: ‘The main responsibility for NATO is to protect all allied countries. Turkey is a NATO ally and our main responsibility is to protect the integrity, the borders of Turkey,’ NBC News reports.
Local sources inside Kobane confirmed the group had planted its flag but said that Kurdish forces had repelled their advances so far. At least 20 ISIS militants have so far been killed in their assault on the city today – following the deaths of more than 45 fighters on each side yesterday.
Kobane is a town of key strategic importance to both ISIS and the Kurdish resistance due to its close proximity to the largely porous Turkish border. While the city centre is roughly six miles from the barbed wire fence that separates Turkey from Syria, the city’s northern suburbs are so close to Turkey that civilians in the Turkish town of Mursitpinar have been able to watch the fighting with binoculars.