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Kurds recapture villages

KURDISH forces and their allies have recaptured a belt of villages around Kobane from Islamic State (Isis) forces, senior Kurdish official Anwar Muslim said today.

Mr Muslim said that the Kurdish fighters had secured an area six to nine miles in diameter around Kobane.

Kurdish officials are seeking international funds to rebuild Kobane because “we liberated the city but most of it is destroyed,” Mr Muslim said.

They have asked the UN to “actively take part in reconstruction of the province” and to open a “humanitarian corridor” to allow displaced Syrians to return.

Isis forces overran large parts of Kobane and surrounding areas in mid-September, forcing tens of thousands of Kurds to flee to neighbouring Turkey.

The Kurdish YPG people’s protection units fought to retake Kobane, assisted by air strikes from the US-led coalition.

Isis leaders have blamed the coalition air strikes for their defeat in Kobane.

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