"Kobani calls on all those who defend humane and democratic values … to stand by Kobani and support it immediately," Mohammed Saleh Muslim, head of Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union, told the AP. "The coming hours are decisive."
The movement comes as President Obama has laid out plans to train and equip another group of fighters – the Syrian Free Army – in the battle against the ISIS terrorist group. Congress this week granted the administration new powers to help those rebels, though it remains unclear how long the training missions will take – or how successful they'll be in eradicating the ISIS threat.
Obama on Wednesday will be in New York City to address the United Nations General Assembly in an effort to rally more international support in the fight against ISIS. While the United States is willing to lead that battle, Obama has said, the rest of the world must step up, as well.
"This is not America’s fight alone," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio address. "This isn’t America vs. ISIL. This is the people of that region vs. ISIL. It’s the world vs ISIL."
According to the AP, there is a reluctance among western countries to help the Kurdish troops, who are thought to have ties to the dictatorial regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. With their decision to take the fight against ISIS in Syria, the Kurdish fighters are hoping to erase those perceptions and, perhaps, receive help from the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State