Kurds Reportedly Expel ISIS from Strategic Kobane

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have expelled Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists from the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane after more than four months of fighting, a monitor said Monday.

Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP that fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) had "expelled all Islamic State fighters from Kobane and have full control of the town."

"The Kurds are pursuing some jihadists on the eastern outskirts of Kobane, but there is no more fighting inside now," said Rahman.

The loss of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, would be a key symbolic blow against ISIS, which has lost more than 1,000 fighters trying to capture the town since September 16.

The Kurdish forces have recently been solidifying their control over the city located near the border with Turkey in a serious setback for ISIS, which has captured wide swathes in Iraq and Syria.

Just last Monday the YPG seized the highly strategic Mishtenur hilltop, reportedly killing 11 ISIS fighters and capturing large amounts of weaponry and ammunition.

Rahman said at the time that the advance was a key strategic victory for the YPG, putting ISIS resupply lines to Aleppo in the west and Raqqa in the east within their line of fire.  

ISIS has been battling to capture Kobane since last September, and at one point seemed poised to overrun the Kurdish town. Now the tide has shifted in favor of the Kurds, backed by airstrikes from the US-led coalition.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/190503

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