WASHINGTON — U.S. airstrikes were ramped up as the Islamist terrorists of the Islamic State (otherwise known by the acronyms ISIS or ISIL) were on the verge of taking the crucial border town of Kobani.
Reuters reported that the terrorists’ advances were stalled for the time being as Kurdish forces tried to stave off the Islamist offensive.
Turkey has declined to be directly involved to help the Kurdish fighters, known as the peshmerga, because they have fought the Kurds for years in eastern Turkey. But, many feel that the city will fall to the Islamist forces since airstrikes have been insufficient to defeat them.
The Turkish military have bombed Kurdish rebel positions in Turkey, in the meantime, and have declined to intervene despite pleas from the Obama administration. But, they have made efforts to build a wall along their border with Syria and would respond to any Islamist incursions into Turkish territory.