CALLS for a ground war against Islamic State (IS) militants grew today, as Turkey warned a Syrian border town was “about to fall” to the brutal terror group.
This is exactly what IS wants as they are much more adept at combat on the ground than they are dealing with airstrikes
A video released by IS has also shown masked gunmen creeping behind an advancing tank – peering from their cover only to spray bullets into the battle-ridden city.
And Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today claimed US-led airstrikes will not be enough to halt their merciless advance.
He said: “Kobani is about to fall.
President Erdogan claimed that more than 200,000 people have fled the bloodshed in and around Kobani in recent weeks – making it the largest single exodus throughout the three-year Syrian conflict.
Reports indicate that more than 412 people have been killed since the battle for Kobani began late last week.
In a display of the growing desperation and hopelessness amongst Kurdish defenders, a female suicide bomber blow herself up at an IS position east of Kobani this weekend.
The attack was the first reported case of a female Kurdish fighter using a tactic often favoured by jihadists, British-based watchdog The Observatory has confirmed.
This display of force has yet to intervene in the bloodshed raging in the war-torn border city – just a few hundred meters away.
Experts have warned that this could easily trigger a full-scale ground war.
Dr Natasha Underhill, an expert on terrorism in the Middle East, at Nottingham Trent University, explained: “IS continues to make inroads towards the Syria-Turkey border and having entrenched themselves in the border town of Kobane, the likelihood is that we are going to see intensive fighting on the ground continue between IS forces and the Syrian Kurds.
“This is exactly what IS wants as they are much more adept at combat on the ground than they are dealing with airstrikes. They are masters of guerrilla warfare and will no doubt use this to their advantage in the coming weeks and months.
“A possible spillover into Turkey means that NATO’s hand will be forced and we may possibly see a NATO coalition becoming involved in both the protection of the Turkish border as well as possible combat.
“If this was to happen we would be seeing a possible all-out war in the region which is something that neither the US nor the UK are planning to get involved in“
Journalists on the Turkish side of the border today reported the sound of warplanes approaching before two large plumes of smoke were seen billowing west of Kobani.
This is the latest in a string of airstrikes over the past two weeks designed to help Kurdish forces defend the town.
As the smoke filled the sky, one fighter was quoted as saying: “Finally, they are hitting the right places”.
Danial Qassim confirmed that most were killed by the US-led airstrikes overnight.
America has already spent more than $62 million on the airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria, according to data provided by the US Defense Department.
RAF Tornado jets have recently joined the aerial attacks against extremists, after MPs approved the military action eleven days ago.