Kobani: US drops weapons to Kurds in Syria

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, as seen from the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc, October 10, 2014.

Kobani air drops likely to anger Turkish government, which opposes sending arms to Kurdish rebels in Syria

The US military says it has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

The air drops on Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of US and coalition air strikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border. The US earlier said it had launched 11 air strikes overnight in the Kobani area.

Meanwhile Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that Turkey was facilitating the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to Kobani. Cavusoglu did not provide details on the transfer of the fighters.

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