Syria’s Kurdish fighters have reportedly killed nearly 20 ISIL Takfiri terrorists as they continue to make new gains on the battlefield against the extremist militants near the border town of Kobani.
The so-called Syria Observatory for Human Rights reported on Monday that Syrian Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) had managed to make advances in the east and northeast of the embattled Syrian town, also known in Arabic as Ain al-Arab.
At least 18 ISIL militants and a number of Kurdish forces were killed in the fighting, said Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the UK-based group, adding that both sides were using heavy weaponry.
Meanwhile, the US-led coalition carried out five air raids on ISIL positions in Kobani. No ISIL casualties were reported as the result of the air strikes.
Last week, Ahmed Gerdi, a senior commander in charge of a contingent of 150 Kurdish Peshmerga forces sent to Kobani by Iraq’s Kurdistan region, said the ISIL Takfiri group is not a serious “threat” to the Syrian town any longer as Kurdish forces continue to gain more ground against the terrorists.
The observatory said on November 9 that more than 1,000 people had been killed in the battle for Kobani since the beginning of the fight in mid-September.
As a result of the violence, more than 200,000 Kobani residents have also fled across the border into Turkey.
The ISIL terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have committed terrible atrocities in both countries, including mass executions and the beheading of local residents as well as foreign nationals.