According to latest reports, the ISIS militants have moved more than a mile in the centre of the City of Kobane, without being deterred by the constant air strikes made by the Coalition force.
The war between the IS militants and the Syrian army continued despite another coalition air strike in the Kobane enclave according to Idris Nassan, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Kobane.
“There are fierce clashes between Isis and YPG [People’s Defence Corps] fighters, at the moment mainly to the south-east of the city. Isis now stands at two kilometers from the city centre,” told Nassan, “I can hear the bombs and shells here.”
“Air strikes alone are really not enough to defeat Isis in Kobane,” according to Nassan. “They are besieging the city on three sides, and fighter jets simply cannot hit each and every Isis fighter on the ground.”
He also added that ISIS militants are habituated with their tactics from the air strikes on them. He went on to say, “Each time a jet approaches they leave their open positions, scatter, and hide. What we really need is ground support. We need heavy weapons and ammunition in order to fend them off and defeat them.”
On the other hand, the co – chairman of Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Saleh Muslim, went to Ankhara this Friday to discuss Turkish support and assistance in defending Kobane against IS militants. According to reports, the security officials present in Ankhara have urged the Muslims to join the ranks of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to battle the IS militants in Kobane and to take an open stance against the open regime of Bashar Al Assad. On Sunday, the representatives of the Kurdish group arrived at the borders of Turkey to form an allegiance by showing their support.
According to Nassan, help from the international community is being sought to defend Kobane from the rebels. He went on to say, “Mr Muslim’s trip to Ankara is part of that call. Since Turkey agreed to join the international coalition to fight Isis, we ask them to help us, too.”
Although the exact result of the meeting is still unknown, the Muslims have asked Ankara to allow the Syrian Kurdish associates to receive arms and support from outside Syria. The main problem here is the fact that if IS militants capture Kobane, they will be on the borders of Turkey which will be a major concern for Turkey as well.