Enemies of Syria

US arms airdrops not enough to defeat ISIL in Kobani: Kurds


Kurdish forces fighting the ISIL in the Syrian border town of Kobani say munitions airdropped by the US are not enough to help them in its battle against the terrorists.

Redur Xelil, a spokesman for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), said on Monday that scores of fighters from the armed group are struggling to hold on to Kobani, known in Arabic as Ain al-Arab.

He added that fighting between Kurdish forces and the ISIL members wouldn’t come to an end anytime soon.

“We do not think the battle of Kobani will end that quickly. The forces of ISIL are still heavily present and determined to occupy Kobani. In addition, there is resolve from the YPG to repel this attack,” Xelil noted.

This comes as the US Central Command said in a statement that three C-130 transport planes conducted airdrops of small-arms weapons, ammunition and medical supplies in the vicinity of Kobani on Sunday.

It said the airdrops, which have been provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq, were “intended to enable continued resistance against ISIL’s attempts to overtake Kobani.”

Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages.

ISIL’s advance in the region has forced tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds to flee into Turkey, which is a stone’s throw from Kobani.

Turkey continues to block any delivery of military, medical or humanitarian assistance into Kobani where the ISIL terrorists are feared to be aiming at massive bloodletting.

Analysts say Ankara, having already won the US green light, plans to let the terrorists seize the Kurdish town of Kobani before sending tanks and troops to fight them in a bid to capture and possibly annex the Syrian territory.

This is while Press TV has learned that Washington has moved its base from Jordan to Turkey to train radical extremists who are fighting the Syrian government.

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