Kurdish fighters recapture 101 villages near Kobani
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have recaptured over a hundred villages from the ISIL Takfiri terrorists around Syria’s flashpoint border town of Kobani.
According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Friday, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, also known as YPG, have recaptured 101 villages around Kobani since seizing the town from IS on January 26 after four months of fighting.
“They (Kurds) now control territory ranging from 15 to 25 kilometers (nine to 16 miles) from Kobani to the east, west and south,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the UK-based observatory.
Kurdish fighters seized the town on the border with Turkey on January 26 and since then battles to recapture some 350 nearby villages have continued.
More than 200,000 people have reportedly died in nearly four years of conflict in Syria. In 2014 alone, over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, were killed in the country.
Violence has also upended the lives of many, forcing more than 7.2 million Syrians from their homes, according to the United Nations.
The Takfiri terrorist groups, with members from several Western countries, control parts of Syria and Iraq, and have been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.