SURUC, Turkey: Islamic State jihadists penetrated the key Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border Monday and seized three districts in the city’s east after fierce fighting with its Kurdish defenders.
Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, has become a strategic battleground between the IS group and its opponents, who include the United States and its Western and Arab allies.
The jihadists launched their latest assault on Kobane after a three-week siege with a wave of suicide bomb attacks, Mustefa Ebdi, a Kurdish activist from the town, said on his Facebook page.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the IS militants wrested three areas after day-long battles.
“They have taken the industrial zone, Maqtala al-Jadida and Kani Arabane in eastern Kobane after violent combat with Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters” who had far fewer men and arms, it said.