The predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) – in cooperation with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) – have made substantial strides in the besieged city of Kobane (‘Ayn Al-‘Arab) over the last 48 hours, capturing a number of strategic areas, while also killing scores of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
Yesterday, in southeastern Kobane, the YPG successfully infiltrated ISIS defenses near the Shariah School; this would result in the YPG pushing the ISIS militants further south, while also taking control of 2 building blocks. The YPG reportedly killed 2 dozen ISIS militants and wounded another 13 in the process of sweeping through the Shariah School area.
After weeks of withstanding ISIS’ relentless assault in eastern Kobane, the YPG countered with an offensive that was geared to retake Industrial Street (Sharaara’ Al-Sina’a). The YPG was successful in this endeavor, capturing Souq Al-Haal and the entire area in the vicinity of Industrial Street. At least 30 ISIS fighters were killed during this battle, including a number of foreign fighters.