On Syria's front line against ISIS: Mahmoodin
Bolstered by intensified U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kurdish militiamen fought pitched street battles Wednesday with the extremists in a Syrian Kurdish border town near Turkey, making small advances, activists and officials said.
Elsewhere in Syria, in a stark reminder of the country's wider civil war, a Syrian lawmaker was gunned down in the central province of Hama - the latest assassination to target a figure linked to President Bashar Assad's government.
In the border town of Kobani, members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, were making progress against Sunni militants, hours after the U.S.-led coalition stepped up airstrikes in and around the town, said Asya Abdullah, a Syrian Kurdish leader.
The U.S. Central Command said Wednesday that U.S. military forces conducted 18 airstrikes against ISIS targets near Kobani in the past 24 hours, destroying multiple fighting positions and striking 16 ISIS-occupied buildings. On Tuesday, the Pentagon had said that 21 airstrikes against ISIS targets near Kobani overnight Monday marked the largest number there in a 24-hour period since the air campaign in Syria began last month.
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