Pentagon: Airstrikes Helped Keep ISIS Away

Pentagon spokesman warns that the town of Kobane could still fall into the hands of ISIS and that the situation is "tenuous".

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

A US airstrike in Kobane.
A US airstrike in Kobane.

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that U.S. airstrikes around Kobane, coupled with pressure from Syrian Kurdish fighters on the ground, had helped to keep Islamic State terrorists from taking the city but it warned the town could still fall.

"The constant pressure from the air and ... the pressure from the ground by these Kurdish forces has done a lot to keep [ISIS] at bay from taking the whole town," said Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, according to Reuters.

"It doesn't mean that can forecast success," he added.

Kirby also said that the situation in Kobane remains tenuous but Kurdish forces remain in control of the majority of the city.

"We do assess that Kurdish forces in the city are in control of the majority of the city," Kirby said, according to Reuters.

America has been engaging in a series of weapons airdrops to Kurdish forces trying to fight off the ISIS in Kobane, but that went horribly wrong on Monday, when the drop of hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers (RPGs) and other goods fell right into the waiting hands of none other than ISIS. The group documented the drop in a video.

ISIS members took to social media on Tuesday with sarcastic thank you notes to the U.S., which has been dropping the equipment provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq to help the fight in Kobane.