Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, Turkish army tanks take position on the Turkish side of the border, as seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in Sanliurfa province October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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The White House and the Pentagon said Wednesday the U.S. was not considering supporting setting up a buffer zone inside Syria to help protect Turkey's borders, hours after Secretary of State John Kerry said it was being discussed.The move comes as the U.S. is prodding Ankara to ramp up action against ISIS, which is closing in on the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobani, which sits on Turkey's border.Ultimately, "capable" ground forces – rebel fighters in Syria and Iraqi government troops – would have to defeat ISIS, he said.On the ground, ISIS fighters pushed into two districts of the strategically important Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab in fierce fighting late Wednesday, Kurdish officials among the town's defenders said.The ISIS assault on Ain al-Arab has sent some 200,000 people flooding across the border into Turkey, and some residents said hundreds more remained two days after jihadists breached the town's defenses.U.S. and coalition aircraft targeted ISIS fighters near the town Wednesday, launching six attacks to help the defenders, the U.S. military said.
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