World Bulletin / News Desk
Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, are close to regaining full control of the Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border from ISIS fighters, a group monitoring Syria's war and a Kurdish official said on Monday.
The town, also known as Ayn al-Arab, has become a symbol in the battle against the hardline Sunni Muslim insurgents who have captured large expanses of Iraq and Syria. ISIS launched a campaign to capture the town in July.
Syrian Kurdish YPG forces, who have been often backed up by Iraqi Kurdish forces known as peshmerga, are still battling ISIS on the eastern outskirts of the town, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
It added that the YPG was proceeding carefully because ISIS fighters had planted mines before fleeing the town.
"Our forces are making progress but until now the YPG has not declared that is has taken all of Kobani back. We think tomorrow Kobani will be free," Kobani official Idris Nassan told Reuters by telephone.
Nassan said that half of the town had been completely destroyed and much of the rest of it had suffered damage, leaving many homeless. He said the town lacked water, electricity, hospitals and food.
U.S.-led forces have bombed ISIS positions around the predominantly Kurdish town almost every day this month.Last Mod: 26 Ocak 2015, 14:56