Heavy fighting is being reported between Kurdish militiamen and Islamic State militants advancing on the northern Syrian town of Kobane. The Islamic State has moved to within a few kilometres of the town despite US-led air strikes seeking to halt its two-week offensive. Shells fired by Islamic State fighters hit several buildings inside Kobane and Kurdish militia positions on a strategically important hill overlooking the town, this morning. Across the border in Turkey, explosions could be seen with smoke rising from buildings hit by shells. The Turkish parliament authorised for foreign troops to use Turkish bases and they gave the go-ahead for military operations against militants in Iraq and Syria who threaten Turkey's security. Yesterday, Turkey's prime minister promised it would do whatever it could to prevent the fall of Kobane.