Kurdish forces have driven out Islamic State (IS) fighters who had infiltrated the Kurdish border town of Kobani in Syrian Kurdistan, but clashes continued outside the town, activists and the official Syrian news agency said Saturday. The civilian death toll — already well over 100 — was expected to rise as the search for bodies continued.
“Kobani has been completely cleared of IS and Kurdish forces are now combing the town looking for fighters who may have gone into hiding,” activist Mustafa Bali, told AP by telephone from Kobani.
The official SANA news agency also said Kobani had been cleared of IS fighters and that forces were searching for any remaining militants.
Bali and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting continued Saturday between the Kurdish forces and IS fighters in areas to the south and west of the town on the Turkish border. They did not have details.