London: In a major blow to the Islamic State in Syria, Kurdish forces have managed to retake 90% of the embattled border town of Ayn al-Arab “Kobani” after over a hundred days of intense clashes with the extremists, the US Central Command confirmed on Tuesday.
The US central Command that oversees America's military operations in the Middle East and hence the anti-ISIS airstrikes, issued a statement hailing the anti-jihadist forces' courage and resilience against the Islamic State.
The US also underscored ISIS' failure saying the Kurdish fighters had denied the extremists “one of their strategic objectives”.
The US military command however also dropped a dash of caution as it added that the fight against the ISIS was far from over.
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) January 27, 2015
The Kurdish fighters were helped in t heir fight by the US-led coalition that bombed ISIS positions in the city.
Earlier, London-based monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the forces fighting the ISIS had taken the entire city of Ayn al- Arab “Kobani” from them after 112 days of conflict.
However the YPG forces were still scouring through remaining houses in the city, lookig for IEDs.
It was on October 6 last year that the Islamic State had hoisted their banner on the city's outskirts which was followed by an intense battle for Kobane with YPG and Kurdish fighters taking on the ISIS.
According to the SOHR, over 1300 died in the conflict, more than half of them being from the Islamic State.
“Out of 1313 fighters; 979 fighters were from IS organization, including 38 fighters blew themselves up using booby- trapped vehicles and explosive belts, 324 fighters from YPG and 12 fighters from the rebel battalions,” reported the monitor.
More than three months of fighting has rendered the city mostly inhabitable with US-led strikes and also the ISIS raids, ruining most of the houses.