Score a round for the good guys.
Kurdish fighters backed by US airstrikes waged ferocious street battles Wednesday that had ISIS militants on the run in the fiercely contested town of Kobani on the Syrian border.
US warplanes launched 39 strikes in 48 hours, killing “several hundred” jihadis and giving Kurdish fighters cover for an effective counterattack, the Pentagon said.
The air campaign also pinned down ISIS reinforcements and disrupted supply lines, preventing the terrorists from focusing their attacks on the Kurdish-held sections of the town.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Kurdish units had retaken several neighborhoods in Kobani, cutting ISIS’ control from 50 percent of the town to about 30 percent.
The Kurdish fighters have now held out against the hardened Islamists for a month into the militants’ offensive, hanging on to their territory against all odds.
“People underestimate the power of determination,” said Farhad Shami, a Kurdish activist in Kobani. “The Kurds have a cause and are prepared to die fighting for it.”