BEIRUT, Lebanon/DIYARBAKIR - A new offensive by al-Qaida offshoot the Islamic State on Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria has triggered a regional call for arms from the Kurds, and Turkish Kurds are coming to their aid.

The war in Syria has already drawn in an array of regional players and the regional Kurdish involvement complicates an increasingly fragmented scene across Syria and Iraq, where the Islamic state took control of large areas last month.

The hardline Sunni militants launched a new push towards the Syrian city of Ain al-Arab about two weeks ago using weaponry seized from Iraq including new missiles and US-made armored Humvee vehicles, Syrian Kurdish officials say.

Please LIKE our Facebook page - it makes us stronger