Kurds recapture key Kobane hill from IS

US airstrikes help Kurdish fighters scale hill outside battle-torn Syrian border town

London : The Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) battling the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group on Tuesday said they have recaptured a strategically important hilltop west of Kobane on Syria’s border with Turkey, according to IANS.

The advances were made after a series of airstrikes by the US-led coalition, BBC reported. The hill, Tall Shair, was captured by IS militants who have besieged the area for a month.

Later on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama is scheduled to hold talks with military chiefs from more than 20 countries on how to combat the IS in Syria and Iraq. Two weeks of airstrikes against IS targets in and around Kobane have allowed Kurdish fighters to slow the jihadis’ advance, but Turkish and Western leaders have warned that the town was still likely to fall.

Heavy fighting was reported in the east and south of Kobane on Monday.

The sinister black flag of Islamic State was torn down from the Kobani hill on Tuesday in a symbolic blow against the jihadis, according to Daily Mail.

Pak Taliban commanders pledge allegiance to IS Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s six top commanders pledged allegiance to the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has been vying for supremacy with al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri. Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said that he along with five other commanders have accepted the leadership of Al-Baghdadi, chief of the Islamic State or ISIS or IS which has seized hundreds of square miles in Iraq and Syria. Al-Baghdadi, leader of the ISIS, declared himself as Caliph and renamed his group as the Islamic State.

Turkish fighter jets bomb Kurdish militant positions Turkish fighter jets on Tuesday bombarded positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) following militant attacks on military outposts in southeastern Turkey.

The Turkish General Staff ordered the bombing of the PKK’s positions in the Daglica district in the southeastern Hakkari province on Monday, Hurriyet news reported, according to IANS. The bombarded targets were reportedly involved in “assassination, armed incidents and attacks on security bases” after last week’s nationwide protests.

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