The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant terrorist group is locked in a war of attrition in the Syrian border town of Kobani, where Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes are mounting fierce resistance.
Two months after ISIL launched a major offensive to try to capture the strategic prize on the Turkish frontier, the terrorists have failed to defeat the town’s Kurdish defenders. “Several weeks ago, it looked like Kobani would fall, but it is now clear that it will not,” said Romain Caillet, a French expert on terrorist movements.
“ISIL controls more than half of the town but is unable to advance further,” he told AFP. Caillet said that foreigners, including French, Uzbek and Chechen militants, have been battling alongside Syrian combatants. “There were even five French (jihadists) killed in a single strike,” he said.
ISIL “now faces a war of attrition that is costing it more than its Kurdish adversaries”, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Observatory. Kurdish forces on Wednesday cut off a key supply route used by the militants, according to the Observatory, which monitors the war in Syria through a network of local sources.