ISIL gains more ground in Kobani despite US-led airstrikes
Iran Press TV
Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:19PM GMT
The ISIL Takfiri militants have made new advances in the Syrian border city of Kobani despite US-led airstrikes on ISIL targets.
The ISIL terrorists have advanced deeper into the flashpoint city of Kobani, capturing the "security quarter" which includes several headquarters and administrative buildings belonging to the local Kurdish government, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Friday.
'They have taken at least 40 percent (of the town),' said Rami Abdulrahman, who heads the UK-based group, which is affiliated to the opponents of the Syrian government.
ISIL's new gains come despite the fact that the US-led coalition has intensified its airstrikes on the ISIL bases and training camps near the border city.
According to reports, over 400 people have been killed in the three weeks of battle in Kobani. The fatalities reportedly include 220 ISIL terrorists, 170 Kurdish fighters and over 20 civilians.
The reports also say that the intense fighting for the strategic town has forced over 200,000 people to take refuge in the neighboring Turkey.
The United States and its allies started airstrikes against the ISIL in Syria last month. However, there is a growing concern over the effectiveness of the military operation with many Kurdish officials saying the air raids are not working.
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