Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007
Since the main fighting between Daesh and the Kurdish defenders of the YPG and YPJ began it has been a hard fight. Hardest on the Kurds who were blocked by Turkey at every turn until finally in November when the Turkish Regime allowed 150 Peshmerga fighters, weapons, and armaments into Kobani from across the turkish Boarder.
Article from bloomberg below:
At one point during the fighting, Islamic State controlled more than half the town, Rami Abdurrahman, SOHR’s chief, said by phone. The Kurdish resistance are now better armed and have been bolstered by U.S.-led airstrikes on militant positions. The Kurds now have control over 80 percent of Kobani, he said.
The city’s fall would’ve extended Islamic State’s grip on territory along Syria’s border with NATO-member Turkey and delivered a blow to Kurdish autonomy in the region.
The Syrian Kurds took advantage of the power vacuum created by the country’s civil conflict, which began in March 2011, to declare self-rule in November 2013.
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