The Islamic State insurgents have been stopped for now in Kobane by the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) fighters, and ISIL militants have withdrawn overnight from several areas in the city, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights reported today.
Kobane has been under attack by nearly 10,000 Islamic State insurgents, armed with tanks and heavy artillery for nearly a month. Some 2,000 YPG fighters, without access to any heavy weaponry, countered ISIL invaders valiantly, and with the help from the U.S.-led coalition’s continued bombardment of ISIL positions at Kobane, the YPG has prevented ISIL to overrun the city for now.
Important to note that YPG ranks have been steadily filled by women fighters; and a very large percentage of the YPG fighters are women: Kobane is yet to fall, and the women fighters of YPG have a lot to do with this success.
Photo credit: A female YPG fighter; Kobane, October 2014 (inquisitor.com)