U.S. Planes are Blowing the Hell out of ISIS at Kobani, But …

October 9, 2014 6:44 PM

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U.S. Planes are Blowing the Hell out of ISIS at Kobani, But …

SURUC, Turkey — High in the blue sky above I think I can make out a dart of silver—or maybe it is a trick of sunlight and puffy white clouds and my imagination trying to match the sound of warplanes zooming back and forth with an actual glimpse of them. All day there has been the distant roar of U.S. fighters over the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani, and for much of Wednesday night, too. One local farmer muttered to me it was like living next door to an airport—but one with a difference. Every now and then—in the afternoon about every 30 minutes—the noise of a passing warplane would be obscured for a moment by the thundering bang of a missile or precision-guided bomb striking a target.

In midafternoon we actually felt the detonation of two bombs a couple of miles away. And, along with some farmers and Kurdish refugees from the battered town below, I rushed up to the flat roof of a farmhouse, past a snarling dog, to see two huge pillars of black smoke rising to the West of the town...

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