Kurdish Fighters Stall ISIS Advance Into Kobani

Commanders Claim ISIS Driven Out of Much of the Town

A month into the ISIS push against the Kurdish border town of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab in Arabic), the Kurdish forces in the city are continuing to hold out, and have even made some progress.

Commanders of the Kurdish force say that they’ve driven ISIS out of parts of the town, and that they believe they can take back the “pockets of resistance” of the ISIS fighters elsewhere.

Exactly what’s going on the ground remains unclear, as Kurdish factions are keen to manage the narrative. People across the border in Turkey, however, reported considerable fighting is still visibly ongoing in the city.

Though when the battle for Kobani was going poorly the US insisted it was not a “priority,” the Obama Administration has launched scores of airstrikes in and around Kobani, and if the Kurds manage to expel ISIS, even temporarily, expect US officials to change their tune and tout this as a vindication of their war strategy.

ISIS has tried to take Kobani several times, unsuccessfully, and has significant reinforcements incoming. Needless to say, the battle for the town remains far from resolved.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.