ISIS is reported to be close to capturing the Kurdish-controlled city of Kobani near the Turkish border in Aleppo province, despite U.S. air strikes in the area. The Independent reports that reinforcements are gathering to combat the city’s remaining defenders. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken:
Our focus in Syria is in degrading the capacity of [Isis] at its core to project power, to command itself, to sustain itself, to resource itself. The tragic reality is that in the course of doing that there are going to be places like Kobani where we may or may not be able to fight effectively.