Kurdish fighters take control of strategic hill outside Kobane

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  Jan. 19, 2015 at 1:53 PM
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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 capture of Mishtenur hill now puts Islamic State resupply routes within the line of fire of Kurdish troops.

"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.

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."

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