Amateur video that Reuters can't verify claims to show Kurdish forces battling Islamic State fighters, as IS militants voice their resolve to take Kobani or die trying. Mana Rabiee reports.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: REUTERS CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA website Heavy fighting rocks the Syrian border town of Kobani. Amateur video purports to show Kurdish fighters continuing their pitched battles against Islamic State militants. Kurdish forces have reportedly taken about 70 percent of Kobani out of the hands of Islamic State, which has spent months besieging this town on the Turkish border. Despite recent losses, video claims to show Islamic State fighters in Kobani during a lull in the fighting, secure in their ability to go on. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED ISLAMIC STATE FIGHTER, SAYING: "Brothers here have food, tea and all that they wish for. Thanks to God, warplanes are flying above us and monitor our whereabouts, but we don't care; and we ask God to increase our determination until we win or die." Another Islamic State fighter points out fighting positions along the town's main road. Reuters can't verify any of this video posted online. U.S.-led airstrikes bombed Islamic State positions around this mostly Kurdish town almost every day through December. The strikes helped the Kurds make major advances this week but the militants in these videos are resolved to fight on. This man says either they bring Sharia law to Kobani, or they'll join their brothers in martyrdom and die trying.