Coalition airstrikes helped Kobane’s Kurdish defenders recapture the strategic Tel-Shahir village Friday, as Turkey said the number of Peshmerga being sent by Iraqi Kurdistan to reinforce Kurdish rebels in the besieged Syrian town had been reduced to 150.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also confirmed reports the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) would deploy 1,300 of its troops to Kobane in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS).

In Kobane, at least 11 ISIS fighters and four from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) were killed in the fighting for Tel Shahir, a village on a strategic hill overlooking the town, according to a Rudaw correspondent on the Kobane border. […]