The Islamic State continues to send waves of attackers at the key city of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border despite hundreds of coalition airstrikes that have killed more than 1,000 militants and destroyed scores of weapons.

More than 80% of the coalition airstrikes in Syria in the past six weeks have been aimed at militant targets in or around the Syrian city, according to an analysis of U.S. military statistics.

Several months ago, the city was was in danger of falling to militants and handing them a significant symbolic victory over the large U.S.-led coalition assembled against them. Strategically, Kobani is not considered an important military outpost. […]