- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kurdish ground forces aided by U.S. and allied air support have retaken the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants, U.S. Lieutenant-General James Terry said on Saturday.

Mr. Terry, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force that has been leading air strikes against the terrorist group, said in a statement issued by the U.S. military: “Kurdish ground forces, supported by our air component, were successful in retaking the town of Kobani,” Reuters reported.

Syrian state media reported Monday that the town had been retaken by Kurdish fighters, but on Tuesday a U.S. official said the Turkish border town had not been fully reclaimed.

Saturday’s statement said Kurdish forces had fully pushed out Islamic State fighters on Tuesday.

Kobani had been fought over for several months due to its strategic location along the Turkish border.

The U.S. -led coalition has conducted over 700 airstrikes in and around Kobani, destroying over 280 Islamic State fighting positions, nearly 100 militant buildings, more than 60 military vehicles, almost a dozen tanks, multiple weapon systems and other military equipment Central Command said, The Hill reported Saturday.

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