Suruc, Turkey – On Wednesday for the second consecutive day, the U.S.-led international coalition’s fighter jets launched daytime raids on sites belonging to the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, at the outskirts of the predominantly Kurdish city of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) in Aleppo province, northern Syria.
The recent anti-IS strikes followed a dramatic advance by the group’s insurgents towards the Syrian border city during the last few days.
“At least five locations of the IS extremists were targeted by coalition airstrikes on Wednesday, forcing dozens of them to retreat from the southern suburbs of Kobane city, while the western neighbourhoods of the city are still in danger of further progress by IS,” Raman Ahmed, a Kurdish activist, told ARA News in Kobane.
The U.S.-led strikes also hit Mount Mishtanoor in the countryside of Kobane, where IS militant fighters are stationed.
Mount Mishtanoor is considered one of the strategic areas overlooking the city of Kobane. It was controlled by IS militants on Sunday, after the urgent withdrawal of the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG).
Mustafa Abdi, a Kurdish journalist in Kobane, told ARA News that airstrikes also hit an IS-held tank, causing a large explosion in the vicinity of Kobane on Wednesday.
According to local sources, the airstrikes targeted during the last two days several military vehicles of IS loaded with heavy weapons.
Speaking to ARA News, the Kurdish fighter and member of anti IS brigade of Shams ash-Shamal, Alan Jan, reported that IS insurgents withdrew from the southern suburbs of Kobane city, amid fierce clashes with the Kurdish fighters “supported by the U.S. airstrikes”.
Meanwhile, a member of the al-Taakhi Center for Democracy and Civil Society stated to ARA News that the Turkish authorities arrested about 150 displaced people of Kobane, after their illegal entry into the Turkish territory two days ago, including media workers and Kurdish political activists.
Reporting by: Redwan Bizar
Source: ARA News
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