Battle for Kobane: Islamic State fights Kurds in Syria, US-led air strikes on

Wreaking havoc in the border town of Kobane (Ayn al-Arab) since last two days, Islamic State fighters were stopped in their tracks on Wednesday as US-led anti-jihadist warplanes bombed extremist targets overnight.

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Oct 09, 2014, 12:48 PM IST
Battle for Kobane: Islamic State fights Kurds in Syria, US-led air strikes on

Ayn al-Arab: In a bid to retake parts of Ayn al-Arab (Kobane) which it lost due to air strikes, the Islamic State on Wednesday renewed its offensive in the border town of Kobane in Syria, engaging Kurdish fighters and YPG in fierce clashes, said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

As the ISIS fighters were engaged in fierce gunbattles with Kurdish fighters to reclaim eastern streets, the town of Kobane was black with thick plumes billowing from burning buildings and the sky was resounding with the noise of frequent firing and grenade explosion.

SOHR director Rami Abdel Rahman confirmed that there were fierce clashes in the town as the extremists launched a fresh offensive, the AFP reported

Also, fresh coalition air strikes were reported in the town. According to US Central Command, it carried out six air strikes which destroyed several IS weapons.

Wreaking havoc in the border town of Kobane (Ayn al-Arab) since last two days, Islamic State fighters were stopped in their tracks on Wednesday as US-led anti-jihadist warplanes bombed extremist targets overnight.

According to a British-based monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), multiple strikes from coalition warplanes pummeled ISIS positions overnight as Islamic State fighters engaged violently with Kurdish and YPG fighters.

“Coalition warplanes bombarded areas east of Ein al-Arab "Kobane" targeted ISIS locations, which is trying to take control on the city.. the clashes continue between ISIS and YPG in the city accompanied by disadvantages for ISIS,” read a Facebook post by the SOHR.

The strikes forced the ISIS to pull back from several areas in the east of Ain al-Arab (Kobane) and they wee completely wiped out from the western front of the border town, the AFP quoted SOHR director Rami Abdel Rahman as saying.

"Their rear positions were hit in strikes, causing casualties and damaging at least four of their vehicles," he added.

The US military too confirmed carrying out strikes near Kobane on Monday and Tuesday.

The ISIS launched a major offensive on Kobane on September 16, and since then more than 1,60,000 have fled to Turkey, fearing massacre.

According to the monitor, some 400 people have lost their lives in 20 days of fighting. The SOHR has documented 412 deaths since September 16, but says that the real number could be much higher as “there is absolute secrecy on casualties and due to the difficulty of access to many areas and villages that have witnessed violent clashes and bombardment by the two sides”.

Of the 400 dead, over 200 casualties were said to be that from the ISIS, who died due to ambushes, bombardments, etc.

Remarkable among them was a suicide blast by a female YPG commander who blew herself among a crowd of IS fighters.

The Islamic State pounced on the border town of Kobane on Monday night, taking away key districts in the eastern region. They advanced to western and southern parts too on Tuesday.

However, as anti-coalition strikes intensified, the IS had to pull back, relieving Kurdish fighters.