Kurdish Forces Seize Villages Near Syrian Town of Kobani

February 3, 2015 12:29 PM

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Kurdish forces and their Syrian rebel allies have seized a belt of villages around Kobani from Islamic State militants, a senior official said Tuesday, days after they drove the extremists from the Syrian border town.

IS militants overran large parts of Kobani and surrounding areas in mid-September, forcing tens of thousands of Kurds to flee to neighboring Turkey. For months Kurdish forces fought to retake Kobani, assisted by airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition. The battle was seen as a major test of whether t...

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