Kurdish forces backed by US airstrikes force IS out of Kobane

Sustained US-led airstrikes along with the Kurdish ground forces have forced the Islamic State out of key Syrian border town Kobane, the Pentagon has said.
“Kurdish ground forces, supported by our air component, were successful in retaking the town of Kobane, which again shows the emptiness of Daesh’s claims of invincibility,” Lt Gen James Terry, Commander Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement. “Kurdish forces on the ground, supported by aviation fires, forced IS from their Kobane stronghold on 27 January, 2015,” Mr Terry said.
“Kurdish forces continue to expand their positions to surrounding areas outside of Kobane by seizing key terrain and access routes. The Coalition will continue to attack Daesh anywhere they present themselves,” he added. “Following the defeat of IS within the town of Kobane, military airstrikes in the vicinity of the Syrian town of Kobane continue to support the efforts of Kurdish forces to push IS  from the surrounding areas”, Mr Terry said.
Since airstrikes started on 8 August last year there have been over 700 strikes in and around the Kobane area.

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