Airstrikes hit positions held by the Islamic State militants close to the Syrian border town that is currently struggling in defense. Strikes started during late Monday and appeared as Kurdish forces managed to push militants towards the east of Kobani.
The current US led coalition started various airstrikes in the past 2 weeks close to Kobani, trying to help the Kurdish forces to defend the city. This did not slow the militants as they captured various villages in a really rapid advance that took place in the middle of September.
Around 160 thousand Syrians were forced to leave because of the militants and Kurdish forces were overwhelmed. Even more civilians had to flee Kobani during Monday because jihadists were advancing.
During Tuesday morning only occasional gunfire was heard in the city. The Kurdish forces flag was raised in the city and replaced that of the Islamic State.
Coalition airstrikes were also reported east of Deir el-Zour.
The current airstrikes campaign in Syria was launched on September 23. The United States military is supported by 5 Arab allies in this campaign. The aim is to crush the problematic extremist group in the area. At the same time, bombing has been taken place since August in Iraq with the Islamic State as target.
At the moment, the Islamic State has large regions under control in Iraq and Syria. It declared a caliphate that is under Shariah law government. Militants murdered captured Iraqi and Syrian troops and have been terrorizing all minorities, while also beheading 2 British aid workers and 2 American Journalists.