Kurds push Islamic State completely out of Kobani: monitor

Reuters News
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Posted: Jan 26, 2015 8:33 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish forces took full control of the Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border on Monday, driving out the last group of Islamic State fighters after nearly four months of battles, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

The Syrian Kurdish forces have been backed by near daily U.S.-led airstrikes around the town, known as Ayn al-Arab in Arabic, and supported by Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces.

(Reporting by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Andrew Heavens)