The US-led coalition has carried out sustained airstrikes against the militant group ISIL, as the battle for control of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border intensifies.
While aircraft attacked from the sky Syrian Kurds launched a ground offensive against extremist positions.
Dutch war planes saw action overnight attacking an ISIL convoy as Commodore Theo ten Haaf explained: “There were pickup trucks, four wheel drives with an open platform at the back carrying a heavy machine gun. The weapon was being used to attack the Peshmerga.”
As fighting rages in Kobani the Turkish army remains poised on its side of the border, but has so far refrained from any intervention despite parliamentary authorisation to do so.
The lack of movement from Turkey is a cause of deep frustration in Washington, with Secretary of State John Kerry making numerous phone calls to Ankara for clarification.
The UN says that if Kobani falls a bloodbath will ensue coupled with a humanitarian tragedy.