ISIS Would Soon be Ejected from Kobane
Kurds battling the so-called “Islamic State jihadist” group in Kobane were making advances in the flashpoint Syrian town on the border with Turkey, local officials and a monitor said.
Top Kurdish officials told AFP their fighters were advancing “street by street” and voiced confidence that IS would soon be ejected from the town.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said the latest advances were mainly in the south of the besieged town.
“The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) recaptured streets and buildings in the south of Kobane, after a fierce battle against IS that began yesterday (Monday) evening,” the Observatory said.
The monitor also said the YPG and its Iraqi peshmerga allies shelled IS positions on Tuesday elsewhere in Kobane.
Kobane has been under siege from IS since mid-September and more than 400 Kurdish fighters and some 20 people have been killed in the fighting. Also more than 600 terrorists killed in the same period of time.
Syria’s Kurds have been backed by Iraqi peshmerga fighters in their fight for the town, as well as a wave of air strikes by the US-led coalition against IS.
Syrian Kurdish chief Saleh Muslim said YPG forces were advancing “street by street” and that they would “recapture the town in a very short time”.
The Kurds’ top field commander in Kobane, Narin Afrin, a 40-year-old woman, said by telephone to AFP: “We have been resisting for 56 days in very difficult conditions.”
“We will liberate the town house by house, and we are determined to exterminate terrorism and fundamentalism,” she said.
Kobane has become a symbol of resistance against ISIS terrorists who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, committing brutal abuses against rivals and the local population.