IS now controls 40 percent of Kobani, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Supposedly, a multi-nation coalition of fighter jets have been conducting bombing raids on ISIS for the past few weeks. But you would never know it judging by the way ISIS is making it’s way through their dual-front war in Syria and Iraq, seemingly at will and at full speed.
The Washington Post reports that the Islamic State militants are threatening to overrun a key province in western Iraq in what would be a major victory for the jihadists and an embarrassing setback for the U.S.-led coalition targeting the group.
A win for the Islamic State in Anbar province would give the militants control of one of the country’s most important dams and several large army installations, potentially adding to their abundant stockpile of weapons. It would also allow them to establish a supply line from Syria almost to Baghdad and give them a valuable position from which to launch attacks on the Iraqi capital.
While the Times Of Israel today says Islamic State jihadists have captured the headquarters Friday of Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobani, with a UN envoy warning thousands would likely be massacred if it falls to them. Outgunned Kurdish militia were struggling to prevent the jihadists closing off the last escape route for civilians still in the area, prompting an appeal for urgent military assistance.
US-led warplanes have intensified air strikes against IS, which has been attacking Kobani for three weeks, but the Pentagon has warned that, without a ground force to work with, there are limits to what can be done.
Neighboring Turkey has so far refrained from any action against the jihadists on its doorstep, despite four straight nights of protests among its own large Kurdish minority that have left 31 people dead. The jihadists’ advance has brought the front line to just 1.3 kilometers (little more than three-quarters of a mile) from the border.
IS now controls 40 percent of Kobani, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.