Kurd Fighters Recapture Kobane as ‘Demoralised’ ISIS Retreats in Face of Allied Airstrikes.
Kurdish fighters and allied airstrikes have forced ISIS into a retreat in the Syrian border city of Kobane. Data from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) shows that since November ISIS's attempts to advance and control the border between Syria and Turkey have failed. While ISIS once controlled over 60% of the city, they have now fallen to have control of less than 20% of Kobane.
SOHR director Rami Abdurrahman said, "Besides the heavy fighting by YPG [Kurdish militia], the U.S. and Arab allies’ coalition airstrikes have helped Kurds to advance in the city, where the air raids have blocked Islamic State’s advances, targeting them in coordination with the Kurdish fighters." Abdurrahman also explained, "Since seven weeks ago ISIS have not been able to go forward even a road in Kobane and have been losing ground."
With the Kurds fighting and with the support from their allies, ISIS has had no choice but to retreat; there have even been reports of some members of ISIS simply abandoning their posts, causing strain on ISIS's attempt to take over the city. ISIS was hoping to control Kobane and use it as a way to advance west. In October the U.N. had reported that there was danger of the 12,000 citizens being slaughtered by ISIS, but with this new advancement by the Kurds, some of the danger seems to be gone.
Newsweek reported that an ISIS fighter told them that Turkey had been allowing ISIS to cross into Kobane using their border as an entrance to attack the Kurds. This information could explain why Turkey had refused to send fighters to help the Kurds stave off ISIS. The Kurds however have proven that they are warriors with strong allies and they will not allow ISIS to take over the region.