Syrian-Kurdish forces are being pressured in Kobane, Syria by IS. The town is a strategic border crossing with Turkey. If it’s taken foreign fighters could use it as a gateway to the Syrian conflict. CS Monitor reports:
Islamic State militants have reportedly advanced to southern and eastern districts of Kobane, a strategically important Kurdish town along the Syria-Turkey border.
The fall of Kobane would further undermine the security of the Kurdish-majority region in northern Syria. It also raises questions over the effectiveness of the US-led bombing campaign in Syria against the self-declared Islamic State.
IS fighters fought their way into the eastern side of the city on Monday as they pushed back its Syrian Kurd defenders, the BBC reports. The militants then raised their black flag on buildings and hills.