Fierce Fighting in Kobani; 100 ISIS Fighters Killed

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OPSHOTS People watch as smokes rises from the town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on October 26, 2014, at the Turkish border near the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the main Kurdish party in Syria of not wanting Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq to help it fight Islamic State jihadists trying to overrun the town of Kobane, reports said October 26, 2014. Erdogan said that the Syrian Kurdish party the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which has been leading the defence of Kobane, fears losing its influence in northern Syria when the peshmerga arrive in the coming days. AFP/Bulent Kilic
People watch as smokes rises from the town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on October 26, 2014, at the Turkish border near the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province.  AFP/Bulent Kilic

BEIRUT (AFP) — At least 100 jihadists from the Islamic State group have been killed in three days of fighting for the strategic Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitor said on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths brought the total number of IS fighters killed in the ground battle for Kobani to 576 since clashes there began on September 16.

“Over the last three days, at least 100 members of the Islamic State and its religious police have been killed… in Kobani and its surroundings,” the Britain-based group said.

It said the IS members had come from Aleppo and Raqa provinces to take part in the battle for the town, which is being defended by members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG.

The group also said 15 YPG fighters had been killed in clashes in Kobani on Friday, and another 11 jihadists died in air strikes by a US-led coalition in both Kobani and Raqa province.

Overall, 958 people have been killed in the battle for Kobani — 576 Is jihadists, 361 YPG fighters and allied forces and 21 civilians, according to the Observatory.

More than 180,000 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict since it began in March 2011, says the Observatory, which relies on a network of sources on inside Syria for its reports.

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