Air Strikes Near Kobani Not Stopping ISIS Takeover of Syrian Town
Battle for Kobani has moved in to the streets of the Kurdish town.
The fight for the Kurdish city and its surrounding villages has sent more than 160,000 Kurdish refugees streaming to the Turkish border when many have been prevented from crossing.
Turkish tanks are poised along the border with their guns pointed toward Kobani, but the tanks haven't moved. Instead, Turkish authorities have been battling desperate Kurdish refugees trapped between ISIS and the border.
The embattled Kurds are also angry that U.S. air power has been used sparingly in recent days as ISIS pushed its way into Kobani. There were a handful of sorties on Monday and the U.S. military said that today's strikes around Kobani destroyed five ISIS armed vehicles, a tank and ISIS unit of fighters.
U.S. and partner nations reportedly fired five air strikes over the course of Monday and today that were specifically targeting ISIS tanks and artillery. CENTCOM released a statement this morning saying that they used "attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft" to strike the targets in the areas surrounding Kobani.
Though the strikes were targeting ISIS anti-aircraft artillery and tanks that were likely headed towards Kobani, there are no reports of clear action being taken against the ISIS fighters who are fighting in Kobani.
The jihadist group's signature black flag with white writing were spotted flying on top of a few buildings in the outskirts of Kobani on Monday and today.
Kurdish protesters in Cyprus are demanding further action by Turkey and other European nations to help defend Kobani. The Associated Press reports that such protests were also taking place at the European Parliament in Brussels where one group of demonstrators forced themselves into the building past police.
Similar protests took place in Berlin and Frankfurt where there are large Kurdish populations as well as in the Netherlands and Austria.