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Kerry: 'Irresponsible' and 'morally very difficult' not to help Kurds fighting IS extremists

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday Oct. 20, 2014, for the inauguration of new Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and meetings with other regional leaders. Kerry is in Indonesia for a brief visit aimed at building Asian support for the fights against Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday Oct. 20, 2014, for the inauguration of new Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and meetings with other regional leaders. Kerry is in Indonesia for a brief visit aimed at building Asian support for the fights against Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • People gather on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, to watch in the distance the fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group in Kobani, Syria, Sunday, Oct. 19, 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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    People gather on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, to watch in the distance the fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group in Kobani, Syria, Sunday, Oct. 19, 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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to "valiant" Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be "irresponsible" and "morally very difficult" not to support them.

Speaking in the Indonesian capital on Monday, Kerry told reporters that the administration understood ally Turkey's concerns about supplying the Kurds, who are linked to a Kurdish group that Ankara fiercely opposes.

But, he says the situation is such in the besieged town of Kobani that the resupplies were deemed absolutely necessary in a "crisis moment."

Kerry says the airdrops are intended to be temporary and that the U.S. has asked Turkey to allow Kurdish fighters from Iraq into Kobani to help.