Too soon to say 'mission accomplished' in Kobani: U.S. official

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Posted: Jan 27, 2015 12:52 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It is still too early to declare "mission accomplished" in Kobani, the northern Syrian town where Kurdish fighters have largely pushed out Islamic State militants, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.

"About 90 percent of the town has been retaken and ISIL, whether on order or the fact that they are just breaking ranks, are withdrawing from the town," the official told reporters, adding that the number of Islamic State fighters killed in the fighting in Kobani "is in the four figures."

The mainly Kurdish town close to the Turkish border has become a focus point in the international fight against Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has spread across Syria and Iraq.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton)