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Inside Kobani: The town that defeated terror group Isis

Inside Kobani: Syrian town a focal point of the battle against Isis Close

A woman stands on the porch of a house in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A woman stands on the porch of a house in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) patrol on a motorcycle in the streets of the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) patrol on a motorcycle in the streets of the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walks past damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walks past damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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A makeshift armoured vehicle of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) is parked in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A makeshift armoured vehicle of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) is parked in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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Destroyed buildings are pictured in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Destroyed buildings are pictured in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walks in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walks in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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Members of a television crew walk along damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Members of a television crew walk along damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) patrol on a motorcycle in the streets of the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) patrol on a motorcycle in the streets of the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) patrol in the streets of the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) patrol in the streets of the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walks past damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walks past damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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Kurdish men stand next to a damaged car in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Kurdish men stand next to a damaged car in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stands in a street of the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stands in a street of the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stands in a street of the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stands in a street of the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walk along damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walk along damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) patrol on a motorcycle in the streets of the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) patrol on a motorcycle in the streets of the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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People walk on the debris of damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

People walk on the debris of damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stand on the debris of a damaged building in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stand on the debris of a damaged building in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walk past by damaged vehicles as they patrol in the streets in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walk past by damaged vehicles as they patrol in the streets in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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Kurdish men walk on the debris of damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Kurdish men walk on the debris of damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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A woman stands on the porch of a house in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

These are poignant images from inside the northern Syrian town of Kobani.

The photographs, taken by press agency Reuters, were taken a day after Kurdish fighters said they had taken control of the mainly Kurdish town following a four-month battle with the terror group Islamic State.

A monitoring group confirmed that Kurdish forces battled Islamic State (or Isis) fighters outside Kobani on Tuesday.

Known as Ayn al-Arab in Arabic, the town close to the Turkish border has become a focal point in the international fight against Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has spread across Syria and Iraq. 

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