MURSITPINAR, Baghdad - Kurdish fighters in the battleground Syrian town of Kobane weathered an onslaught by Islamic State group militants on Tuesday as they waited for promised reinforcements.

Fighting continued in Kobane but appeared to have lessened after a fierce attack by IS fighters, including suicide bombers, late on Monday, witnesses and monitors said. IS forces based in the east of the town were exchanging fire with Kurdish militia in the west and there were reports of an explosion, probably a car bomb, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Kobane has become a crucial symbolic battleground in the war against IS, which is fighting to extend areas under its control in Iraq and Syria where it has declared an Islamic “caliphate”.

Ankara announced on Monday that it would help Kurdish forces from Iraq to relieve Kobane’s beleaguered defenders, in a major shift of policy that was swiftly welcomed by Washington.

Iraqi Kurdish officials have said they will provide the training, although any forces sent will be Syrian Kurds.

A local Kurdish official, Idris Nassen, told AFP Kobane was relatively calm on Tuesday, adding that no reinforcements had yet arrived and they did not have “any idea” when they would.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu confirmed that Kurdish fighters had yet to cross from Turkey to Kobane, telling NTV television “the issue is still being discussed”.

The US administration has stepped up its commitment to Kobane in recent days, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying it would be “irresponsible” and “morally very difficult” not to help.

Three C-130 cargo aircraft carried out what the US military called “multiple” successful drops of supplies early on Monday, including arms provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq.

The British government, which has joined coalition air strikes against IS in Iraq, said Tuesday it would deploy drones to conduct surveillance on the group in Syria.  In spite of the Kobane operation, US commanders said the top priority remains Iraq, where IS swept through much of the Sunni Arab heartland north and west of Baghdad in June, and both government and Kurdish forces are under pressure. The militants attacked the Kurdish-controlled town of Qara Tapah on Monday, killing at least 10 people and prompting half of its population of 9,000 to flee. “We are afraid IS will encircle us and turn this town into a second Amerli,” said one resident, referring to a Turkmen town further north which was besieged by IS for two months over the summer.

Since last week, the Iraqi capital has also seen a rise in the number of bomb attacks, several of which have been claimed by IS.

Three car bombs exploded in northeast Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people, Iraqi security and medical officials said. Two blasts hit the car park of a large restaurant in the Talbiyah area, while a third exploded near a police patrol which passed by later, also wounding a total of more than 50 people.

In Syria, IS posted a video on YouTube appearing to show a Syrian man taking part in stoning his daughter to death for alleged adultery.

The Observatory said the execution took place in August or September in an IS-controlled rural area in the east of the central province of Hama. It was the latest in a spate of videotaped executions that the militants have posted on social media as they impose their extreme version of Islamic sharia law on areas under their control. A teenager who ran away from Australia to join militants in Iraq and Syria has reappeared months later in a video of the Islamic State group, vowing to “not stop fighting”, reports said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old, named in local media as Abdullah Elmir but who calls himself “Abu Khaled”, carried a rifle and directly addressed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the video reportedly posted online, the Sydney Morning Herald said.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State and al Qaeda do not yet pose a threat to India, the national security adviser said on Tuesday, despite attempts by the ultra-radical groups to enlist support from among India’s huge Muslim population.

Flags of the Islamic State have appeared in Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim majority state, setting off concern that the insurgent group is drawing support in a region where Indian forces are trying to end a 25-year revolt.

An announcement by al Qaeda in September that it had set up a South Asia branch further added to Indian fears that global jihadi groups were turning their attention to the country, as foreign forces in nearby Afghanistan leave.

A.K. Doval, a former head of India’s domestic intelligence arm and a specialist covert operations, said the government was watching the two groups closely.

“I don’t think there are threats of magnitude from either one of them which we are not in a position to cope with,” he told a security conference.

An Indian Mujahideen group has also emerged in recent years with its home-grown fighters carrying out low-level bomb blasts in towns across India.

But India’s 160 million Muslim population Muslim has largely stayed away from waging holy wars in foreign battlefields which Indian security officials say underlines the strength of the country’s democracy where people don’t have to turn to guns to fight for their rights.

Doval said the government would be watching closely signs of foreign groups trying to tie with Indian militant organisations.

“But we have to watch it very, very closely in case any of these relationships develop and in case they start targeting India or interests of India, we will have to take a very serious view.”