US-led strikes hit the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant terrorist group closing on a key town on Syria’s border with Turkey overnight
US-led strikes hit the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant terrorist group closing on a key town on Syria's border with Turkey overnight.
In neighboring Iraq, Kurdish forces launched pre-dawn attacks against the terrorists on three fronts in a bid to recapture territory they lost to ISIL last month, entering a key town on the border with Syria, senior officers said.
It was in support of Kurdish forces in northern Iraq that Washington launched its air war against ISIL on August 8, following a wave of atrocities by the militants, before extending it to Syria.
NATO member Turkey reinforced its side of the frontier on Monday as ISIL militants penetrated within five kilometres (three miles) of the border town of Ain al-Arab.
It was the closest the militants had come to the town, known as Kobane in Kurdish, since they began their advance nearly two weeks ago, sending tens of thousands of mostly Kurdish refugees across the border.
As they advanced, the militants fired at least 15 rockets at the town center, killing at least one person, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.