Activists: Kurdish-allied fighters seize "belt of villages" around Kobani from IS militants

February 3, 2015 11:30 AM

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BEIRUT – A senior Syrian Kurdish official and activists say that Kurdish-allied fighters have seized a "belt of villages" around Kobani from Islamic State militants.

Anwar Muslim said Tuesday that Kurdish fighters and their Syrian Arab rebel allies have now secured a diameter of six to nine miles around Kobani, days after they seized control of the city itself on Jan. 26.

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