US: Airstrikes push some militants from Kobani

Pentagon: Airstrikes push some militants from Kobani, but Syria border town may still fall

US: Airstrikes push some militants from Kobani

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says some Islamic State militants trying to seize control of the Syrian border town of Kobani have left as a result of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in the area, but the town still may fall.

Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, says the U.S. is not ignoring the crisis around Kobani and is doing everything it can from the air to try and halt the Islamic group's momentum against the town. He says airstrikes alone will not save the city and there are no plans to send U.S. ground forces in. He says other towns are also at risk.

There were airstrikes at six locations around Kobani Tuesday, and others earlier this week. He says there are mixed reports about how many Islamic State militants pulled back.

Updated : 2021-03-03 08:09 GMT+08:00