Kurds press offensive against IS in Shiran

Activists say Kurdish fighters are advancing after driving Islamic State members from the Syrian border town of Kobani a day earlier.

Mustafa Bali, a Kobani-based activist, says Tuesday’s fighting is centered on the village of Shiran, southeast of the town, after Kurdish fighters captured the nearby village of Qarah Hlanj.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the capture of Qarah Hlanj and says the fighting near Shiran has intensified.

Bali says hundreds of people, including Kurds who crossed from Turkey, are celebrating in Kobani, which Kurdish fighters retook on Monday following four months of heavy fighting.

— AP

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