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Kurds Struggle to Hold Kobani as Turkey Remains on Sidelines

In Turkish villages along the border, local Kurds and refugees from the Syrian city of Kobani maintain a vigil observing the month-long battle over the besieged town with a mixture of hope and dread. But with news that the Islamist jihadists are pouring in reinforcements, their fears are mounting that the town will fall. The stiff defense of Kobani in the face of a monthlong assault by Islamic State militants is a source of great pride for Kurds on both sides of the Syrian-Turkish...

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