Syrian border town still under siege

ISLAMIC State forces shelled the Syrian border town of Kobani yesterday and its Kurdish defenders said they were expecting a new assault to try to capture it.

US-led coalition warplanes had struck at Islamic State targets overnight to halt the insurgents’ advance and Saturday’s barrages were less intense than the previous day.

“Clashes continue now, they are shelling on all three fronts. They tried to invade Kobani last night but they were repelled,” senior Kurdish official Asya Abdullah told Reuters from the town yesterday.

“We think they are planning to launch another big attack but YPG is prepared to resist them,” she said, referring to the Kurdish armed group defending it.

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