World News: ISIS Airstrikes

In the past 48 hours the U.S. military has launched roughly 40 airstrikes on the mostly Kurdish town of Kobani, located in Syria near the Syrian-Turkish border. The goal of the airstrikes was to kill Islamic State fighters who are trying to overtake Kobani. If ISIS is able to overtake Kobani they’ll be one step closer to entering Turkey. Though the Pentagon reported that the airstrikes have been successful in killing several ISIS fighters, the Pentagon cautioned that the success does not mean that ISIS will be unsuccessful in overtaking Kobani. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby, said bad weather in Iraq had freed up coalition firepower to attack Kobani targets. He added the situation was fluid, with the Kurdish militia still controlling the town, although with pockets held by Islamic State. The situation is unfolding in a time when President Obama is under scrutiny regarding his strategy to defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq. “We know we’re having some success,” said Kirby in response to the scrutiny. “We know we’re making progress. But it’s going to take a long time.”

 Contributor: Phoebe Roe

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