Kurdish fighters in Kobane appeared poised on Monday to deal a decisive defeat to Islamic State insurgents after four months of street clashes and U.S. and coalition bombardment. ISIL's defeat in Kobane also signifies a solid win for Obama's strategy.
The U.S. Central Command confirmed that anti-ISIL forces now control about 90 percent of Kobane. CENTCOM congratulated the “courageous fighters” who confronted ISIL insurgents in the town, which is on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey.
“Anti-ISIL forces have fought aggressively with resilience and fortitude,” CENTCOM said in a statement. “While the fight against ISIL is far from over, ISIL’s failure in Kobane has denied them one of their strategic objectives.”
UPDATE: YPG fighters were said to have entered outlying areas in the east of Kobane after ISIL insurgents retreated, ending a four-month battle for the twon. (BBC, 26 January)
Photo credit: Popular Protection Units (YPG) fighters flew their flag on a hill overlooking Kobane on Monday (EPA/BBC)