Tuesday, 14 October 2014 - 13:19
IS militants fight way into centre of Syria border town
Militants fought their way into central Kobane in heavy clashes with the Syrian border town's Kurdish defenders, ahead of a Washington meeting of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group.
The breakthrough saw IS claim half of Kobane, nearly a month after the Sunni extremists began their assault on the town on the Turkish frontier, despite more than three weeks of US-led air strikes in Syria aimed at stopping them.
A Kobane politician who is now a refugee said IS fighters had surrounded Kobane to the south, east and west, and warned of a "massacre" if they take the northern front bordering Turkey.
In their latest air strikes, American and Saudi warplanes targeted seven sites around Kobane, including IS staging posts used in its bid to cut the town off from the outside world.