Smoke and flames rise following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab, as seen from the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province on October 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Bulent Kilic
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Kurdish fighters defending Syria's border town of Kobani held out against ISIS Wednesday, anxious for relief as Iraq's Kurdish parliament was set to vote on sending reinforcements.They were given a boost this week by the first U.S. air drop of weapons and other supplies, though one of the parachuted crates was reported to have fallen into ISIS hands.Now local Kurds say they need reinforcements, after Turkey announced Monday it would allow Kurdish fighters from Iraq to travel to the town, which has become a crucial symbolic battleground in the fight against ISIS.A senior lawmaker in Iraq's Kurdish regional parliament told AFP it would vote later Wednesday on deploying its peshmerga forces to the battle for Kobani.The Observatory said late Tuesday that 30 jihadists and 11 Kurdish fighters have been killed in the previous 24 hours and that ISIS was bringing in reinforcements "as a result of the daily losses in Kobani".
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