With little to no help from the outside world, Syrian Kurds have been locked in a desperate battle to save the key Syria-Turkey border town of Kobane.
The BBC reported that the ISIS mutants have been besieging the town for nearly three weeks.
Since then, more than 160,000 Syrians, mainly Kurds, have fled across the border into Turkey.
As of Monday night, ISIS had entered Kobane and taken control of three districts after street-to-street fighting with Syrian Kurd defenders.
IS fighters entered the eastern districts on Monday, raising their black flag on buildings and hills.
Local officials said about 2,000 civilians fled to the Turkish border.
Earlier a local official in Kobane, Idriss Nassan, told the BBC that the town would “certainly fall soon”.
He confirmed IS was now in control of Mistenur, the strategic hill above the town and that there was heavy shelling. Kobane is now besieged on three sides.
There were reports Monday that a Kurdish woman fighting ISIS carried out a suicide bomb attack to slow their advance on the besieged town.
Deilar Kanj Khamis, known by the nom de guerre Arin Mirkan, blew herself up at an IS position east of the border town, killing ten jihadists.
Where was the American led air campaign that could have struck at ISIS military caravans as they traveled toward Kobane in the open desert? And where are the weapons the United States was going to supply the Kurds? Because they’re running out of ammo.
Karwan Zebari, a representative of the Kurdish regional government in the US, told the BBC it would be catastrophic if IS seized control of the town.
“If this continues, if there’s no international aid, military aid arriving for the residents of Kobane and these Kurdish fighters that are fighting in Kobane, it could fall into the hands of IS,” he said.
He urged Turkey to take action in support of the residents of Kobane.
“I think Turkey’s interests, national security, is at stake here as well. It’s important that Turkey steps up and assists these Kurdish fighters in repelling this IS momentum.”
As Lt. Col Ralph Peters notes in the clip below, Erdigan is playing a double game. He’s letting ISIS slaughter Kurds and take over their territory, but will not allow them to come into Turkey where they practice their own form of Islam that isn’t quite as fanatical.
Asya Abdullah, a senior Kurdish politician and co-leader of the Democratic Union Party, is in Kobane and told the BBC’s Newshour programme that fighting was continuing.
She said: “There is fighting on Kobane’s streets now. There are still thousands of civilians in the city and IS is using heavy weapons. If they are not stopped now, there will be a big massacre.
“The Kurds haven’t given up, they’re fighting house to house and block to block,” Ralph Peters told Megyn Kelly, Monday night before launching into an impassioned attack on what he called the president’s “fraudulent, pretend” air campaign.
“Our president … launched this PHONY air campaign…. basically to absolve him of any blame to get his party through the November elections,” Peters seethed.
“This air campaign has been paltry from the start – he warned them we’re coming – they hit empty buildings in the dead of night – empty camps,” Peters continued. “We’re sending in jet fighters with low yield precision munitions – basically guided hand grenades – to blow up individual pick up trucks. To kill three terrorists here – four there. Outside Kobane where the terrorists from the Islamic State were out in the open en masse – with their vehicles, their persons – it was the perfect target for serious air power – B-52s doing area saturation bombing. But this president will not do it! He doesn’t want casualties – not only civilian casualties – he doesn’t even want a lot dead terrorists. This whole thing is a fraud.”
He predicted, “those people in Kabani among so many others are going to pay a price for this president’s outright cowardice.”
“It’s one travesty after another. President Obama doesn’t act to prevent tragedy. He reacts to tragedy. He reacts weakly. He mourns and does a little bit. This tragedy is going to repeat itself again and again and again,” he lamented.
“As ISIS takes over more Kurdish territory and advances on Baghdad, we look “feckless, ineffective and cowardly,” Peters concluded sadly.