U.S. Drop Weapons as Turkey Allows Iraq Kurds Into Kobani

October 20, 2014 3:40 PM

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The U.S. military dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the besieged Syrian town of Kobani, as Turkey said it would allow Kurdish fighters from neighboring Iraq to come to the town’s aid.

The airdrop marks an escalation in U.S. efforts to fend off the Islamic State advance on Kobani, a Kurdish stronghold near Syria’s border with Turkey. The town is being defended by fighters linked to the PKK, a separatist group classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey and the U.S.

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