The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least eight Kurdish fighters and 17 Islamic State fighters had been killed in the attack today. Conflicting reports remain over which force controls the Mursitpinar border gate between Kobani and Pirsus. Initial claims by Islamic State activists have been dismissed by YPG officials, who claim the border is still in the hands of the YPG – the Syrian Kurdistan national army. Thick smoke could be seen pouring out from the town, whilst heavy gunfire was ripe in the air. Nawaf Khalil told Associated Press, that the attack marked a change in strategy by Islamic State. The group "used to attack the town from three sides. Today they are attacking from four sides." Ankara have yet to comment on today's attack by Islamic State on Kobani.