Turkish president Recep Erdogan says that Kodane, on the Turkey/Syria border is about to be overrun by ISIS. He should know, his military has a granstand view of the fighting from 2km away. While the Kurdish town was first surrounded and strangled, his military seems to have done a tremendous job of showing off its tank manoeuvres. The fighting is now in the town centre and will soon end. The Kurdish defenders are fighting to the death with small arms and no support against an ISIS force with heavy American equipment.
Con Coughlin seems to have noticed that the Turks aren’t fully up for the fight against ISIS. In fact a cynic might suggest they’re relishing ISIS wiping out a few thousand Kurds. The Turkey-Syria border has been notoriously porous and some have reported ISIS convoys being waved through and into Kobane while Kurds have been stopped. In fact the only Turkish gunfire has been at Kurdish protestors, with one killed.
So much for the air strikes, which have been pretty ineffective. Obama has ruled out boots on the ground and most American armour seems to be parked a few miles from the Russian border right now. Priorities, priorities …
It’s a great game for the snakes in government. Their only goal is always that they come out ahead. A few thousand Kurdish lives are meaningless. More fool them for hoping for rescue.