World Bulletin/News Desk
Kurdish forces have regained control of around 70 percent of the Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border after pushing back ISIL fighters that have spent months besieging it, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday.
Backed by U.S-led air strikes, Kurdish forces made significant advances overnight on Tuesday after violent clashes with ISIL in the south of the town, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Known as Ayn al-Arab in Arabic, the town has became a symbol in the fight between the ISIL group and its enemies in Iraq and Syria. Hundreds of ISIL fighters launched a sustained attack on the town more than three months ago.
U.S.-led forces have bombed ISIL positions around the predominantly Kurdish town almost every day this month.
In Syria, five of the air strikes were near Kobani and two were near al Hasakah, the task force said in a statement.
The Observatory, which gathers its information from sources in Syria, said Kurdish fighters now control southern and central parts of the town as well as most of the west in an area stretching up to the border.
Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory, said Kobani was the only clear example of U.S-led forces cooperating with fighters on the ground in Syria to push back ISIL.
"There are air strikes every day, they have destroyed many ISIL bases in Kobani. If there had been no air strikes then I think Kobani would have been controlled by ISIL by now," he said. He added Kurdish forces were close to controlling all of the town, thanks to the overnight gains in strategic positions.
The United States says it wants to train and equip "moderate" rebel groups to fight ISIL on the ground elsewhere in Syria but rebels say there is much uncertainty surrounding the plans.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Aralık 2014, 16:36