Kurds expel Islamic State jihadists from Syria’s Kobane

Kurdish fighters flew the flag of the Popular Protection Units on a hill overlooking Kobane on Monday, Jan 26, 2015. Source.

Kurdish fighters backed by intense US-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of Kobane on Monday, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into a bloody, costly siege that seems close to ending in defeat.

Fighters raised a Kurdish flag on a hill in the border town near Turkey that once flew the Islamic State group’s black banner. It represents a key conquest both for the embattled Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition, whose American coordinator had predicted that the Islamic State group would “impale itself” on Kobane.

The flag was that of the YPG, or People’s Protection Unit.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and senior Kurdish official Idriss Nassan said the Islamic State group had been nearly expelled, with some sporadic fighting on the eastern edges of the city…

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