By Ian Tuttle — January 26, 2015
A bit of good news in the fight against the Islamic State. Via the Associated Press:
The extremist Islamic State group has nearly been pushed out of the Syrian border town of Kobani, activists and Kurdish officials said Monday, making a major symbolic victory both for the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition targeting the extremists.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and senior Kurdish official Idriss Nassan said the Islamic State group had been nearly expelled, with some sporadic fighting on the eastern edges of the city near Turkey. . . .
The expulsion of the terrorist outfit from Kobani is a stunning turnaround; by mid October, many had considered the town lost.
However, this victory ought not to be overstated. As the Daily Beast reported earlier this month, the Islamic State has almost doubled the area it controls in Syria over the past four months. The following maps show the approximate gain:
Kobani has not been easily won. According to the AP: