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Official: Kurds sharing information with US to coordinate strikes on Syria border town

  • A Syrian Kurdish refugee boy who fled fighting in Kobani, Syria, with his family, plays at a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. The onslaught has forced more than 200,000 people to flee across the border into Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    A Syrian Kurdish refugee boy who fled fighting in Kobani, Syria, with his family, plays at a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. The onslaught has forced more than 200,000 people to flee across the border into Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Syrian Kurdish refugees who fled fighting in Kobani, Syria, go about at a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. The onslaught has forced more than 200,000 people to flee across the border into Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Syrian Kurdish refugees who fled fighting in Kobani, Syria, go about at a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. The onslaught has forced more than 200,000 people to flee across the border into Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Syrian Kurdish refugee who fled fighting in Kobani, Syria, with her family, hangs clothes to dry outside the family tent at a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. The onslaught has forced more than 200,000 people to flee across the border into Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    A Syrian Kurdish refugee who fled fighting in Kobani, Syria, with her family, hangs clothes to dry outside the family tent at a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. The onslaught has forced more than 200,000 people to flee across the border into Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

A Kurdish official says fighters are sharing information with the U.S.-led coalition to coordinate strikes against Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

Nawaf Khalil, spokesman of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, said Friday that coordination began last week as IS fighters closed in on the town that lies near the Turkish border.

Kurdish fighters in Kobani mostly belong to the party's military wing.

The battlefield coordination could further complicate relations between Washington and Ankara, which views the Syrian Kurdish party with suspicion. Turkey believes the party is an extension of the Kurdish PKK, which waged a long and bloody insurgency in Turkey and is designated a terrorist group by the U.S. and NATO.