Islamic State 'storms Syrian town on Turkish border'

Islamic State fighters stormed the Syrian town of Tel Abyad on the Turkish border and captured a neighbourhood from Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

There had been heavy clashes around the town, which serves as a border crossing. Islamic State is back on the offensive in Syria after two weeks of reverses at the hands of Kurdish-led forces supported by U.S-led air strikes.

The Kurds have self-rule in parts of northern Syria and have fought intense battles against Islamic State.