Kurdish partisans have pushed back ISIS fighters on the Western front of Kobane.

Kurdish Women’s Defence Units YPJ smile while taking a break after a successful operation in the town of Shiukh, Upper, March 6, 2015 – Photo: Mustafa BALI

A Kurdish news service reports that last night Kurdish forces completely pushed back ISIS forces from the Western front of Kobane (Eastern side of Euphrates River) after a major operation that lasted four days.

Driving ‪‎ISIS‬ out of the small, strategic towns of Shiukh (the Lower and the Upper ones), Kurdish units have so far advanced further than their positions on 15th September 2014, taking on many ISIS-controlled villages and areas in rural Kobane.

ISIS has reportedly destroyed parts of the bridge over the river, blocking Kurdish advance towards their stronghold on the western side, Jarabulus town.

The city of Kobane was liberated by Kurdish partisans in January this year, but much of the countryside of Kobane canton remains occupied by ISIS forces. Kobane is one of three cantons in the autonomous Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria. Rojava is isolated and surrounded by hostile forces, but according to a group of Cambridge academics who visited recently, the region has developed systems of self-governance and democratic autonomous rule which are radically transforming social and political relations.

Many people have made the connection between the defence of Rojava and the defence of revolutionary Spain in 1936, and foreign fighters have joined Kurdish forces. Recently, a former British Royal Marine Konstantinos Erik Scurfield was killed fighting with Kurdish partisans.




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