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Kurds take full control of Syria’s Kobani from ISIL

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Syrian Kurdish fighters have managed to take full control of the northern border town of Kobani from the ISIL Takfiri terrorists following more than four months of fighting.

Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) have driven out all the ISIL militants from the embattled Syrian town, known in Arabic as Ain al-Arab, Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on Monday.

The UK-based observatory’s official said the Kurds have full control of the city.

He added that the Kurdish fighters are chasing some terrorists on the eastern outskirts of Kobani, “but there is no more fighting inside now.”

The loss of Kobani is a key loss and heavy blow to the ISIL militants.

In September, the ISIL militants captured some 300 Kurdish villages near Kobani and thrust into the town itself. Tens of thousands of refugees spilled across the border into Turkey.

Backed by Kurdish Peshmerga forces, YPG has made significant progress in retaking positions from terrorists in north Syria.

The battle for the town has claimed the lives of more than 1,600 people, most of them from ISIL.

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