Kurds Regain Syrian Villages From Islamic State: Monitor

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have pushed back the Islamic State from Irbil, Makhmur, from the Mosul Dam, Rabia on the Syrian border, and from parts of Ninevah province in northwestern Iraq. The U.S.  should be giving Kurdish forces everything they need to fight this enemy, but sadly, the Kurds are not getting much needed weapons.

Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led air strikes have regained control of at least 163 villages around the Syrian town of Kobani after driving back Islamic State militants in the past three weeks, a group monitoring the conflict said on Saturday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that although the Kurds had recaptured many villages since winning back Kobani in late January, their progress had been slowed by renewed clashes to the west and southwest of the town, where Islamic State had redirected its fighters.

The battle for the predominantly Kurdish town, known as Ayn al-Arab in Arabic, became a focal point for the U.S.-led air campaign against the al Qaeda offshoot in Syria.

Islamic State controls large areas of northern and eastern Syria, including a strip of territory across the northern Aleppo countryside and a corridor stretching southeast from Raqqa province to the frontier with Iraq.