Kerry says Kobane not part of US strategy

Kerry says Kobane not part of US strategy

US Secretary of State John Kerry says preventing the fall of the Syrian town of Kobane to Islamic State fighters is not a strategic objective of the US.

Kurdish fighters have been defending the town on the Turkish Syrian border, where US airstrikes have been launched overnight.

Islamic State fighters launched a renewed assault on the Syrian city of Kobane, and at least 21 people were killed in riots in neighbouring Turkey, where Kurds have risen up against the government for doing nothing to protect their kin.

Heavily outgunned defenders said Islamic State militants had pushed into two districts of the mainly Kurdish border city late yesterday.

But despite the action Mr Kerry says there is a broader mission, which is to target the command and control centres and Islamic State infrastructure in both Syria and Iraq.

“As horrific as it is to watch in real time what is happening in Kobane … you have to step back and understand the strategic objective,” Kerry told reporters at a news conference with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

“Notwithstanding the crisis in Kobane, the original targets of our efforts have been the command and control centers, the infrastructure,” he said.

“We are trying to deprive the (Islamic State) of the overall ability to wage this, not just in Kobane but throughout Syria and into Iraq.”

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