A Syrian Kurdish official called on the international community on Thursday to allow weapons into the border town of Kobani, saying the town was still in danger from Islamic State militants, despite small advances by Kurdish fighters.

Idriss Nassan, deputy head of Kobani’s foreign relations committee said airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition were “effective” but not enough to defeat the jihadis. The Islamic State group fighters can bring in reinforcements and weapons from a matrix of other villages and towns in the area that they control, something that has so far confounded the Kurdish fighters.

The Islamic State group launched its offensive on Kobani in mid-September, capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages and a third of the town in lightning advances that sent tens of thousands of civilians fleeing across the nearby border into Turkey in one of the worst refugee crises since the Syrian conflict erupted over three years ago. […]