Syrian Kurds welcome US-led anti-ISIS air strikes


ARA News

Kobane, Syria – Tuesday morning the anti-IS (Islamic State) international coalition bombed IS-held areas in the western countryside of the Kurdish city of Kobane  in Aleppo province, northern Syria, local sources told ARA News.

The sources reported that U.S.-led air strikes bombed IS-sites in Taalik village (30 km west of Kobane), in the early dawn. ARA News could not verify the exact numbers of casualties in the ranks of IS militants.

On the ground, local activists confirmed for ARA News that all IS-led military operations against the Kurdish city of Kobane (which continued over the last few days) completely stopped on Tuesday.

“After days of intensive shelling against residential areas, attacks of the IS extremists were halted today, which is a direct indicator of the success of the first round of U.S.-led air strikes in Syria,” one of the Kobane residents told ARA News. “Some of the displaced people started returning to their houses in Kobane. I can say we are relieved somehow that eventually the international community made up its mind to combat this barbaric group under which we suffered the most over the last few months.”

Meanwhile, the three military fronts around the city (Kobane) did not witness any progress by the IS forces towards the city.

According to locals, before the anit-IS strikes, the Islamic State militants were able to reach Saftik village (10 km west of Kobane), Korbiknar village (12 km south-east of Kobane), and the village of Tel Hajib (12 km east of Kobane).

The air strikes launched by the United States and allied countries since last night apparently raised morale among the people of Kobane dramatically.


Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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