Monday 26 February 2018

Isil suffers new losses in Syria as Kurds gain

Kurdish militia backed by US-led air strikes have made significant progress in driving Isil back from rural areas around Kobane.
Kurdish militia backed by US-led air strikes have made significant progress in driving Isil back from rural areas around Kobane.
An injured Syrian child waits for treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, north-east of the capital Damascus, following reported air strikes by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
A man gives medical assistance to an injured man as two wounded children wait nearby at a field hospital after what activists said was an air strike by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus
Residents react and gesture to the sky, during what activists said were seven air-strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad

Tom Perry

Kurdish militia backed by US-led air strikes have made significant progress in driving Isil back from rural areas around Kobane.

The Kurds successfully drove the group from the Syrian border town last week.

A spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said Isil forces were collapsing around Kobane.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring organisation, said Islamic State fighters were putting up little resistance in the face of the Kurdish advance and may be pushed back even further.

Collapse

"The fighting organisation of Daesh... is in a state of complete collapse at present and cannot hold ground," said Redur Xelil, spokesman for the YPG, using a pejorative Arabic acronym for Isil.

The battle for Kobane, a predominantly Kurdish town known as Ayn al-Arab in Arabic, became a focal point for the American-led air campaign against Isil in Syria.

The Syrian Kurds, who also received military support from Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces, drove Islamic State from the town last week.

Meanwhile there is growing concern about the number of children being injured in the conflict. Yesterday several were hurt in air strikes by Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood outside of Damascus.

Irish Independent

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