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Syrian Kurds battling ISIS capture strategic Kobane hill top

Iraqi Kurdish forces gather to see bodies of Islamic State militants killed during fighting on Wednesday, when Kurdish forces push towards Sinjar Mountain, as they inspect the area in Kobani, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (AP)

Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist group in Syria's Kobane have captured a strategic hilltop, giving them line of fire over the town, a monitor said Monday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurdish People's People Units (YPG) had seized the Mishtenur hilltop after fierce clashes overnight.

"The military operation led to the deaths of at least 11 Islamic State fighters, and the seizure of large quantities of weapons and ammunition," the Observatory said.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said the advance was a key strategic victory for the YPG, putting ISIS resupply lines to Aleppo in the west and Raqa in the east within their line of fire.

ISIS has been battling to capture Kobane, on the Syrian-Turkish border, since mid-September, and at one point seemed poised to overrun the Kurdish town.

But Kurdish fighters backed by massive air raids by the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS have gradually pushed back the jihadists, who now hold around 15 percent of the town.

 

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Last Update: Monday, 19 January 2015 KSA 14:44 - GMT 11:44
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