Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007
Video middle of November it shows where ISIS and Kurdish units were located. ISIS had control of the west, south and east of Kobani. Early in December some fire also came from the Turkish boarder (north) side of Kobane. In January Kurdish Peshmerga YPJ and YPG fighters ousted the Daesh rats from Kobane. Kurdish forces are now pushing ISIS out of the surrounding Suburbs and local farms and villages.
On October 5, ISIS forces captured the southeastern hill overlooking Kobani and breached the town entrance below it (see full article) as shells rained down inside the town. Fresh U.S. airstrikes the same day appeared to have almost no effect. Syrian Kurdish YPG/YPJ resistance fighters continue to fiercely defend every meter of land, as block-by-block fighting began on the southeast. On the other side of the town, ISIS siege forces continue to tighten the noose and are still pressing up the Aleppo Road to the southwest entrance.
Kobani: A brief history – Kobani started out in 1912 as a stop on the Konya-Baghdad railway and was populated by Armenian refugees fleeing the forces of the Ottoman Empire in 1915. The name “Kobani” may be a corruption of the word “company”, although in Arabic the town is called Ayn al-Arab or “the spring of the Arabs”.
Kurds and other groups also moved into the town, which was developed under French rule in Syria after the end of the Ottoman Empire. Most of the population was Kurdish but also included Turkmen, Arabs and Armenians. The 2004 census gave Kobani’s population as 45,000, but the outlying districts were home to hundreds of thousands of people in villages. In 2012, Kurdish People’s Protection Units took over control of the own and other Kurdish areas from the Damascus government, in what was seen as a deal between Kurds and the Assad regime. As the war continued, Kobani became a haven for those escaping the fighting. Some reports say 160,000 people have left Kobani for Turkey recently. (link)