The Kurds needed the support in Kobani and unfortunately are about to lose that town. They need the choppers in both Syria and Iraq.
Islamic State militants continued to shell the town of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border yesterday, apparently undeterred by US-led airstrikes on their positions overnight.
The besieged settlement, populated mostly by Kurds, has been ringed by Islamic State (Isis) forces on three sides and pounded mercilessly by tank rounds and mortar fire. Yesterday the Kurds struck back when a woman suicide bomber, named on social media as Arin Mirkan, blew herself up at an Isis position on the town’s eastern fringe
US-led air strikes in northern Syria have failed to interrupt the advance of Islamic State (Isis) fighters closing in on a key city on the Turkish border, raising questions about the western strategy for defeating the jihadi movement.
Almost two weeks after the Pentagon extended its aerial campaign from Iraq to neighbouring Syria in an attempt to take on Isis militants in their desert strongholds, Kurdish fighters said the bombing campaign was having little impact in driving them back.
They are having trouble with retreat out due to snipers.
Baghdad better but not good either…
While ISIS worked to make gains in the Anbar province over the past few weeks, the militant group also increased the number of attacks on the capital in September. Many of the attacks were suicide bombings but at least two attacks used indirect fire, according to reports from local media. If the reports are true, they could indicate that the militants are able to attack Baghdad from afar, according to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
A diplomat in Irbil told McClatchy that ISIS had “captured substantial numbers of 155 mm howitzers.” The artillery has about a 20 km range.
Meanwhile, ISIS continued their advance in Anbar. On Saturday the group seized Kubaisa, another town near the province’s capital. Fighters reportedly disguised themselves as residents from the nearby town Hit which ISIS captured two days ago. Controlling Kubaisa will give militants room to launch attacks near the Haditha Dam, the second-largest generator of hydroelectricity in Iraqs power system.
The Iraqi army is now defending the dam and certain other areas in Anbar that the militants have not seized. However, according to the ISW, if militants manage to consolidate land in Anbar, they will be ready to move on to Baghdad.
“If ISIS can consolidate its core strength in Anbar, then its reinforcements that are currently augmenting attacks in this zone will likely shift to reinforce the northern and southern Baghdad Belts,” the report said. “And prepare to attack the capital.”