Islamic State targeted Kobani’s Kurdish defenders with three car bombs and an intense shelling as they escalated their offensive ahead of mooted reinforcements for the Syrian town.

Kurdish fighters fought off an attack on a border crossing with Turkey today, Ibrahim Kurdo, a local official in Kobani, said by phone. Militants have been firing mortars and rockets “non-stop” since yesterday, Meryem Kobane, a rebel commander, said.

Islamic State appear to be trying to capture the Mursitpinar border crossing before the arrival of Kurdish Peshmerga forces from northern Iraq, state-run TRT television as well as private news channels A Haber and NTV said today. It was not clear when or if the Peshmerga will reach Kobani, nor what route they would take. […]