Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 15, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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Kurdish forces making a stand against ISIS fighters in Kobani say they have begun coordinating with the U.S. military to provide targets for air strikes, helping to halt the advance of the fighters through the Syrian frontline town.The air strikes, visible from across the frontier in Turkey, have clearly intensified in recent days, and a monitoring group said they have become more effective, killing at least 32 ISIS fighters in direct hits on the town this week.The Kurdish YPG have been struggling to defend Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, from better armed ISIS fighters who have used tanks, artillery and suicide truck bombs in a month-long offensive against the town at the Turkish border.As recently as Saturday, Kurdish leaders were calling for the air strikes to be stepped up.The Kurds say they have taken back areas on the west of the town.Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory, said seven ISIS fighters had been killed in clashes with the Kurds Wednesday, compared to five Kurdish fighters.
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