Kobane: The clean-up begins

The Kurds are in a race against time to remove the decaying remains of their enemy to prevent the spread of disease

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The dead decaying remains of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants covered in the rubble of Kobane’s bombed out buildings have been captured in a series of macabre images, British news website MailOnline has reported.

As the clean-up begins, trying to clear the streets of the northern Syrian city, the resistance fighters who managed to repel the ISIS militants, despite being vastly outnumbered - and helped only by U.S.-led airstrikes - are now trying to provide their dead enemies with a proper burial where possible.

It is something the Kurdish fighters insist on doing - despite the destruction the militants brought to the once-bustling town, the report added.

The images are the work of local journalist Jack Shahine who was one of the first people to return to the predominantly Kurdish city after ISIS was overthrown.

A committee has been created to oversee the clean-up operation of the city, including the removal of the twisted remains of the bodies that litter the once busy streets.

Shahine told MailOnline: “Disease is something the local authorities in Kobane will not allow. The board will not allow the local civilians to come back into destroyed areas until they are completely free of bodies.”

ISIS invaded Kobane in September, in the four months that followed, an outnumbered group of men and women resistance fighters battled the militants on the ground, while U.S.-led airstrikes were carried out in the skies above.

At the time of the invasion into the city, Shahine joined thousands of Kurds who fled across the border into neighboring Turkey from where they watched their homes razed to the ground as fierce battles were fought.

Shahine added: “We never expected ISIS to attack us and destroy the city. We never expected the coalition airstrikes. It was a huge, huge thing for us. It was beyond our imagination.”

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