SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed concern over the humanitarian crisis in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, despite his earlier remarks that the condition is not Washington’s immediate concern.
“Obviously we are all very concerned about the reports of gains in Kobani and we’re closely monitoring the situation. In fact, we’re not just monitoring it, we’ve been deeply engaged with strikes in the last days and today there were more strikes,” Kerry told reporters in the Egyptian capital, Cairo on Sunday.
The top US diplomat said formerly that saving Kobani is not among the strategic objectives of the US-led coalition against ISIL.
“As horrific as it is to watch in real time what is happening in Kobani, you have to step back and understand the strategic objective,” Kerry said Wednesday.
In his Sunday’s remarks, Kerry claimed that it would take time to bring the coalition fully together to confront the terrorists, saying that more than sixty partners have committed to join the US effort to defeat ISIL.
“Kobani is one community and it’s a tragedy what is happening there and we don’t diminish that, but we have said from day one it was going to take a period of time to bring the coalition thoroughly to the table,” said Kerry.
Kurdish forces defending Kobani at the border with Turkey called on the US-led coalition to escalate air raids on ISIL.
Despite the airstrikes and heavy gun battles with Kurdish fighters, ISIL managed to capture more than a third of the border town, a monitoring group said.
Kobani and its surrounding have been under steady attack by ISIL since mid-September, forcing nearly 200,000 people to take refuge in Turkey.