Smoke rises over the Syrian town of Kobani near the Mursitpinar border crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian border, as seen from the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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Hundreds of Syrian rebels are to reinforce Kurdish fighters defending the border town of Kobani, neighboring Turkey said Friday, as Washington voiced confidence its fall to jihadists could be averted.US-led air strikes have helped the town's Kurdish defenders hold back ISIS militants but commanders have complained that, after more than five weeks of heavy fighting, their forces are exhausted and in need of help. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that they would be joined by 1,300 fighters of the mainly Arab rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA).US-led aircraft have flown nearly 6,600 sorties in the air war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and dropped more than 1,700 bombs, the US military said.When ISIS fighters swept through the Sunni Arab heartland north and west of Baghdad in June, government security forces largely melted away and a US military official said it would take months for the Shiite-led government in Baghdad to reorganize them for a counteroffensive.
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