Victory in Kobani will be hard to replicate

February 2, 2015 11:06 PM

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Victory in Kobani will be hard to replicate

WASHINGTON – The defeat of Islamic State forces in the Syrian city of Kobani may be difficult to replicate quickly in other parts of Syria and Iraq, where ground forces are too weak to repel the militants.

Punishing airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition contributed to the defeat of extremists in Kobani, which is on the border of Turkey. But resistance from hardened Kurdish ground forces proved decisive, according to military experts.

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