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Syrian Kurds push back ISIL terrorists around Kobani

Iran Press TV

Tue Feb 3, 2015 1:31PM

Kurdish fighters have made major progress in their push to drive the ISIL Takfiri terrorists out of rural areas around the Syrian city of Kobani.

Spokesman for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said Tuesday that ISIL forces were collapsing in areas around Kobani as they no longer show large-scale resistance.

"The fighting organization of Daesh ... is in a state of complete collapse at present and cannot hold ground," Redur Xelil told Reuters.

Daesh is the Arabic term used for ISIL, a Takfiri terrorist group which controls swathes of land in eastern and northern Syria. The group has also advanced to the neighboring Iraq where it has captured parts of Arab country's territory, mostly desert areas in west and north.

Meanwhile, other sources revealed Tuesday that the Takfiri terrorists, who were stationed 4-5 kilometers from Kobani until Sunday, have been further pushed back at least 10 kilometers away.

Volunteers from the city of Raqqa have also backed the YPG in its operations against ISIL in the area.

Kurdish forces declared earlier last week that they had recaptured Kobani after more than 110 days of fierce fighting with ISIL. The loss of the border town is viewed as a huge loss to the Takfiri group.

Mop-up operation started after the liberation of the town to further push back the ISIL militants operating in the area.

In September 2014, ISIL seized some 300 Kurdish villages near Kobani and thrust into the town itself. Tens of thousands of refugees spilled across the border into Turkey.

The battle for the town has claimed the lives of more than 1,600 people, most of them from ISIL.


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