While the Syrian border town of Kobani is itself not a strategic location, the number of airstrikes in the area has increased due to the concentration of terrorists there from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon press secretary said today.

“ISIL has made no secret of the fact that they want that town,” he said, “…And so they have continued to flow fighters to Kobani, meaning there are more targets in and around Kobani,” Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

With much of the civilian population of the Kurdish town having fled, coalition forces have been able to increase the number of airstrikes, he explained. […]