MOSCOW, October 2 (RIA Novosti) - Syrian Kurds are getting ready for a long war against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobani, a town in northern Syria also known as Ayn al-Arab, al-Arabiya reported on Thursday.
According to the media reports, IS militants are likely to enter the besieged Kobani, which is one of the largest towns in the Kurdish region bordering Turkey.
On Thursday, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that clashes between IS and Kurdish fighters were going on "hundreds of meters away" from the east and southeast of Kobani, and some two or three kilometers away west of the city.
According to SOHR, the Islamic State has taken control over 350 villages in the last 16 days, displacing at least 300,000 people.
On Wednesday, Salih Muslim, the leader of the Syrian Kurdish party PYD, made a distress call, claiming that Islamic State (IS) militants were likely to slaughter the residents of Kobani, unless Kurdish fighters get weapons, promised to them by the West. On that same day, members of the Kurdish community in London have staged a hunger strike near Downing Street in a bid to have the British government provide them with heavy ammunition to fight against Islamic State.
The IS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, the group extended its attacks to northern and western Iraq, declaring a caliphate on the territories over which it had control.
Early in September, US President Barack Obama unveiled a strategy to defeat the IS insurgency. Obama's plan included the creation of an international anti-IS coalition and conducting airstrikes against IS positions in Iraq and Syria.