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Islamic State Battles Kurds in Kobani

The Islamic State group has launched an offensive on the Kurdish-held Syrian border city of Kobani, one of three major rebel assaults reported across the country Thursday. The attack began with a suicide bombing early Thursday near Kobani's border crossing with Turkey, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which says dozens have been killed or wounded in the fighting. Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led airstrikes took control of Kobani in January following months...

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