Suruc, Turkey – After 120 days of clashes against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), the defending forces of the embattled city of Kobane in northern Syria regained control of the entire city, Kurdish military sources reported on Monday.
Speaking to ARA News, Ocalan Isso, a Kurdish military commander in Kobane, said that the defending forces – including the Popular Protection Units (YPG), the Peshmerga and Syrian moderate rebels of the FSA– were able to defeat the IS radicals and expel them from the entire city.
Isso pointed out that the clashes are now completely moved to the countryside, especially in the village of Halanj and Dawood farm, adding that liberating Kobane city is the beginning of regaining all Kurdish and Arab areas controlled by the terrorist group.
“After losing ground in Kobane, the hardline group will collapse sooner or later,” the Kurdish commander told ARA News.
Last week, Kobane’s joint forces –the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Shams al-Shamal brigades, the Peshmerga forces and the Raqqa’s Rebels Brigade– took control of parts of the western countryside of Kobane, the village of Mamed and the strategic hill of Mashta Nour (strategic hill overlooking Kobane).
Isso also pointed to the lack of precise details of the death toll in the extremists’ ranks and the numbers of weapons seized so far, adding that an explanatory statement will be issued later on the liberation process.
In other developments, Saeed Judi, a fighter in the YPG, told ARA News in Kobane that the IS militants were expelled entirely from the villages of Halanj and Sherran.
In the meantime, the clashes continue on the outskirts of the village of Tel Hajib in eastern Kobane, following the entry of YPG fighters into the village of Dihabik and Dawood farm.
Reporting by: Redwan Bizar and Mohammed Ali Ahmed
Source: ARA News
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