Intense US airstrikes at Kobani have helped Kurdish fighters on the ground to hold ISIS forces back, for now.
Attack helicopters and strike jets hammered ISIS positions, including command posts, sniper nests, and staging areas. The extremist organization still controls some key buildings within Kobani, however, particularly the hospital and the significant Asayish building in the middle of the city. This building used to be the headquarters of the Kurdish People Protection Units.
Kobani has played centre stage to bitter urban warfare over the last few weeks. The city is a key strategic goal for both sides; ISIS needs to overrun it to gain access to Turkey, and Kurdish troops need to prevent this to maintain a escape route open.