KOBANE, Syria, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Kurdish militia have taken control of a strategic hilltop that overlooks the city of Kobane, Syria, as the fight for the city rages on.
"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 Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
In Kobane, hundreds have died and more than 200,000 have fled to Turkey
Kurdish troops have been advancing to take control of Kobane with the support of air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State.
Kurdish Female Fighters YPJ took back stratejic hill,Mistenour in south of Kobanê from ISIS Kurdish YPJ-YPG advance pic.twitter.com/Xo5tOC6N0L— Musa Berxwedan (@MusaBerxwedan) January 19, 2015
In the ongoing battle for control of Kobane since September, the city had "the same kind of destruction that happened in Stalingrad," a Kurdish soldier said in reference of the Battle of Stalingrad in World War II. "But the people's will is strong."