ISIS pushing for control of Syria town

2014-10-09 19:29


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Beirut - Islamic State group jihadists were in control on Thursday of more than one-third of the Syrian border town of Kobane after fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitoring group said.

"Despite fierce resistance from the Kurdish forces, IS advanced during the night and controls more than a third of Kobane," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

He said a Kurdish militia leader and several of his men were killed when jihadists captured a building they were using as a base in the northeast of the town.

The Observatory said IS fighters were closing in on an area with several official buildings and the command of the Kurdish YPG forces battling the jihadist militants.

Abdel Rahman said the IS advance was slow "because of the resistance by the Kurds and raids by the US-led coalition".

He said one of the strikes had hit a Kurdish security forces building after it was overrun by IS jihadists.

But despite the strikes, IS jihadists now controlled much of the east of the town and were advancing from there into the west of Kobane.

They also controlled parts of the south of the town, Abdel Rahman said.

The Observatory said at least 42 IS jihadists were killed in the fight for Kobane on Wednesday, including 23 in coalition air strikes.

Fifteen Kurdish forces were killed, the group said.

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