Smoke rises during clashes for control of the Syrian city of Kobane, as seen from the Turkish village of Mursitpinar in Sanliurfa province, on November 10, 2014
Smoke rises during clashes for control of the Syrian city of Kobane, as seen from the Turkish village of Mursitpinar in Sanliurfa province, on November 10, 2014 © Aris Messinis - AFP
Smoke rises during clashes for control of the Syrian city of Kobane, as seen from the Turkish village of Mursitpinar in Sanliurfa province, on November 10, 2014
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Last updated: November 12, 2014

Syria Kurds sever jihadist supply route to Kobane

Banner Icon Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State group in the flashpoint Syrian town of Kobane on Wednesday cut off a key supply route used by the jihadists, a monitoring group said.

"The (Syrian Kurdish) People's Protection Units (YPG) targeted IS positions behind the (strategic) Mashta al-Nur hill and cut off the Halanj-Ain al-Arab road south of the town," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, using the Arabic name Ain al-Arab for Kobane.

It said 16 IS members were killed in the advance.

The YPG has been fighting the IS since mid-September in Kobane. The Syrian Kurds are backed by Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Syrian rebels.

Kobane has become a major symbol of resistance against the IS, which in recent months has seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.

A US-led coalition on September 23 launched air strikes against IS positions in Syria, including around Kobane.

On Wednesday, the Observatory said at least 865 people, 746 of them IS fighters, have been killed in the strikes.

Another 50 were civilians, including eight children, while 68 of those killed were members of Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate.

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