Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters who joined the battle for the Syrian border town of Kobane have been heavily shelling the positions of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, a commander told AFP.

Speaking to AFP by telephone from inside Kobane, the commander said the peshmerga were manning artillery in support of local Syrian Kurdish militia fighters, who have been battling the jihadists for nearly seven weeks.

“We are 150 well-trained peshmerga and we are here only to provide support,” said the commander, speaking on condition of anonymity. […]