Kobani may fall to Islamic State fighters even after U.S. airstrikes have focused on the Kurdish town in Syria, U.S. military officials said today.
Kurds and Islamic State remain engaged in street-by-street fighting, with Kurds holding the western part of the city as the Arab extremists continue to move in forces from other areas, according to the officials with U.S. Central Command, who briefed reporters today at the command’s headquarters in Tampa, Florida.
Providing an overview of the air campaign against Islamic State that began over Iraq in Aug. 8 and was extended into Syria a month ago, the officials said the U.S. and its allies have launched 632 airstrikes, flown almost 6,600 missions and dropped 1,700 munitions. Central Command said in a statement that the aircraft used include AC-130 gunships and Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers, as well as two strikes by AH-64 Apache attack helicopters. […]