Syrian Kurds, backed by US-led airstrikes, have managed to push Islamic State militants from the strongly contested border town of Kobane, officials have said.
Officials have reported that Syrian Kurdish fighters have successfully defended the embattled border town of Kobane from Islamic State forces, pushing the IS militants from the highly contested town.
The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) captured the Kani Araban district from the extremists in the morning and later retook the last remaining areas of the town, which lies on the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
YPG fighters were pushing into a village on the south-eastern outskirts and from Tuesday would take the fight to the jihadist-held countryside around the border town, Kobane defense chief Ismet Hassan told press.
Kobane “has been surrounded for two years and is still surrounded” despite the victory, Hassan warned. He added that Kurdish villages in a radius of 40 kilometres around the town remain occupied by the jihadists.
He added, “We call on the world to open a humanitarian corridor to support Kobane”.
The YPG, backed up by US-led airstrikes and by Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga with heavy weapons, have been battling to hold off an Islamic State onslaught that began in mid-September.