US weapons airdrop turning tide in fight for Kobani, Kurdish officials say

Kurdish officials in Kobani said Tuesday that weapons air-dropped by the United States early Monday are “making a difference” as its forces are wrestling for control of the Syrian border town with the Islamic State.

A Fox News crew near Kobani witnessed two U.S. airstrikes against ISIS positions inside the town Tuesday, as well as sporadic clashes between militants and the Kurds.

The attacks followed a reported series of overnight airstrikes and two ISIS car bombs on Kurdish positions.

Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support their brethren fighting ISIS, although activists inside Kobani told The Associated Press that no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really under way.

"We don't need more fighters," one Kurd defender reportedly said. "We need more guns.”

Kurdish and Washington officials reportedly are saying that more weapons drops are expected in the coming days.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusogl said at a news conference Monday that the country is “helping Peshmerga forces to enter into Kobani to give support," referring to the security forces of the largely autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. The Kurdish government there is known to be friendly to the Turkish government.

But a Peshmerga spokesman said he had not been ordered to move units to Syria.

"They have not given us any orders to move our units," said the spokesman, Halgurd Hekmat. "But we are waiting, and we are ready."

Meanwhile, the insurgency in Iraq continued its wave of attacks on Tuesday as a string of bombings in and near Baghdad killed 26 people. Police officials said the deadliest attack took place Tuesday afternoon when a double car bomb attack hit Habaybina restaurant in the Shiite-majority district of Talibiya in eastern Baghdad, killing 15 people and wounding 32 others.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the latest attacks, but they bore the hallmarks of ISIS, which has captured large chunks of territory in western and northern Iraq, plunging the country into its worst crisis since U.S. troops left at the end of 2011.

Earlier, a bomb struck at an outdoor market in the southern district of Abu Dashir, a mostly Shiite neighborhood, killing four people and wounding nine, police officials said.

A little bit later, a bomb that went off near a small restaurant in central Baghdad killed five people and wounded 12, the officials said. Another bomb exploded at a commercial street in the town of Madian, just south of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding four.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

Fox News’ Greg Palkot and The Associated Press contributed to this report.