Kurds have taken back 163 villages, but advance slows

February 15, 2015 2:31 AM

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Kurds have taken back 163 villages, but advance slows

Kurdish forces backed by US-led air strikes have regained control of at least 163 villages around the Syrian town of Kobani after driving back Islamic State militants in the past three weeks, a group monitoring the conflict said yesterday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that although the Kurds had recaptured many villages since winning back Kobani in late January, their progress had been slowed by renewed clashes to the west and southwest of the town, where Islamic State (ISIS) had redirected its fighters.

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