Kurds holding line as ISIL push on town

Kurdish fighters thwart ISIL attempt to advance into Kobane, engaging the armed group in street-to-street battles.

Kurdish fighters have thwarted an advance by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) into the heart of the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, according to a monitoring group.

Syrian Kurdish fighters reportedly pushed back an ISIL attempt to storm the centre of the town on Saturday, sparking 90 minutes of heavy clashes, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Unit, known by its Kurdish initials YPG, told Al Jazeera that clashes were still raging in the eastern and southern parts of Kobane with no major advance from either side. (Al Jizz has more)

BzigdndCQAAPFQi.jpg-largeAl Jazeera’s Stefannie Dekker, reporting from Buyuk Kendirli on the Turkey-Syria border, said the fighting had evolved into guerrilla warfare, sparking street-to-street battles between the Kurds and ISIL.

State Department warns Americans abroad at “high risk” of kidnapping by Islamic State and other jihadisState Department warns Americans abroad at “high risk” of kidnapping by Islamic State and other jihadis

This alert has to be issued because idiot Western governments keep paying the ransoms. If you keep buying something, you will get more of it. The demand will be met by an increased supply: as long as non-Muslims keep paying ransoms, they will get more kidnappings. Europe actually finances al Qaeda through ransom payments. “Americans abroad at ‘high risk’ of ISIS kidnappings, terrorist attacks, U.S. warns,” by Meg Wagner, New York Daily News, October 11, 2014: