Turkey will do whatever it can to prevent the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobane, near its border with Syria, falling to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said late on Oct. 2.

Just hours before Davutoğlu’s comment, parliament gave the government powers to order cross-border military incursions against ISIL, and to allow foreign coalition forces to launch similar operations from Turkish territory.

“We wouldn’t want Kobane to fall. We’ll do whatever we can to prevent this from happening,” Davutoğlu said in a discussion with journalists. […]