Iraqi Kurdish president urges international community to "use all means" to protect Syrian city

by Reuters
Friday, 19 September 2014 13:41 GMT

ARBIL, Iraq, Sept 19 (Reuters) - The president of Iraq's Kurdistan region urged the international community on Friday to "use every means" to protect the city of Kobani in neighbouring Syria from Islamic State militants.

Islamic State fighters are besieging Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, after seizing at least 21 surrounding villages in a major assault against the predominantly Kurdish city on Syria's northern border with Turkey.

"I call on the international community to use every means as soon as possible to protect Kobani," President Masoud Barzani said in a statement. (Reporting by Isabel Coles; Editing by Catherine Evans)