Thousands of demonstrators have marched in cities across the world this weekend to show their support for the people of Kobani, northern Syria, who are under siege from Isis militants.
Many protesters held signs of support for the Syrian people while also demanding increased action from the governments of the west.
As Patrick Cockburn explains in today's Independent on Sunday, air strikes by the 'coalition of the willing' have so far failed to stop the advance of Isis:
The US-led air attacks launched against Islamic State (also known as Isis) on 8 August in Iraq and 23 September in Syria have not worked.
President Obama's plan to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. In both Syria and Iraq, Isis is expanding its control rather than contracting.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed that a specialist team of 12 British soldiers is helping to train Kurdish fighters in Iraq.