ISIS Assault on Kobani, Syria
ISIS launched their assault on Kobani, a Kurdish town also known as Ayn al-Arab, more than a week ago, besieging it from three sides and sending more than 150,000 Kurds fleeing into Turkey. The remaining Kurds are defending it with mostly light arms. Even women have taken up the gun and defend along the men.
ISIS has fired about 30 rockets and artillery rounds into the city and have moved within two miles of the city near the Turkish border. The Turks have been apprehensive in coming to the aid of the Kurds because of a long standing war with them for 30 years over obtaining more legal rights. The fighters taking on ISIS are begging for American airstrikes and ask why more have not come. The American response is moot and confusing especially when they recently came to the Kurds aid when ISIS got too close Erbil, their capital in Iraq.
Meanwhile, 30 Turkish tanks and other weapons have arrived near the Turkish side of Kobani, taking positions to halt ISIS from any intrusion . It is unclear if Turkey will attack ISIS if they remain in Syria. Will they just allow Kobani to fall?
To date, only seven airstrikes have attacked ISIS around Kobani. The reason is Obama does not want to anger Turkey in supporting the Kurds because of the bad blood between them. But ISIS vows to conduct mass executions of all Kurds, their arch enemy.
America should and could easily blunt the ISIS advance until the promised 6000 Kurdish reinforcements reach Kobani. The overly cautious use of American military power is simply nauseating. To hell what Turkey or Syria thinks. If the ISIS threat is stopped, they will be thanking America. otherwise, they will blame us for not doing enough.
Meanwhile, how can ISIS advance to within two miles of Baghdad?