US air strikes hit Islamic State near Syrian border town as fighting intensifies

MURSITPINAR/BEIRUT: U.S.-led coalition war planes attacked Islamic State targets around the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as the insurgents pressed their assault against its Kurdish defenders, a monitoring group and witnesses said.

Previous coalition air strikes have failed to stop the insurgent offensive on the predominantly-Kurdish Kobani and the outgunned Kurdish fighters have put up a desperate fight as shells rained down on the town over the past week.

An estimated 180,000 people have fled across the border into Turkey to escape the bloodshed. Islamic State fighters have vowed to take the town within days.

Warplanes from the U.S-led coalition of Western and regional forces carried out raids in the countryside to the east and south of Kobani on Friday night, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

One Islamic State vehicle had been destroyed.

Kurdish and Islamic State forces battled as night fell and more shells landed inside the town although there was no immediate word of casualties, the observatory said.

The Islamic State offensive has intensified in recent days and Friday’s shelling of Kobani was the heaviest yet, according to Parwer Mohammed Ali, a translator with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) who is inside the town.

Source: APP