More than 1,000 killed in battle for Syria's Kobane: Monitor

More than 1,000 killed in battle for Syria's Kobane: Monitor

BEIRUT - Agence France-Presse
More than 1,000 killed in battle for Syrias Kobane: Monitor

Smoke rises after an airstrike from US-led coalition against ISIL militants in the Syrian town of Kobane, Nov. 8. AFP Photo / Aris Messinis

More than 1,000 people, mostly jihadists, have been killed in Kobane since the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched an offensive on the Syrian town nearly two months ago, a monitor said Nov. 9.

ISIL jihadists, who proclaimed a "caliphate" in June straddling territory captured in Iraq and Syria, launched their offensive for the town - also known as Ain al-Arab - in mid-September.

"At least 1,013 people have been killed in fighting in Ain al-Arab from the beginning of the offensive till last night," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.

Militants from the Sunni extremist ISIL group accounted for 609 of those killed in the Kurdish town on the Turkish border, he said.

Another 363 of those killed were members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), 16 were Kurdish volunteers, and one was a Syrian Arab fighter who had joined the ranks of the Kurds.

There were 24 civilians among the dead, said the director of the Britain-based group which relies on a network of sources on the ground for its information.

The toll for jihadists excludes those killed in U.S.-led strikes on ISIL.

Syrian Kurdish forces have been battling to repel ISIL militants from Kobane since September 16.

The fighters from the town have been joined by Syrian rebels who have fought both President Bashar al-Assad's regime and ISIL, as well as by Iraqi Kurd peshmerga forces.