Kobane, Syria (AFP) – The Syrian border town of Kobane has wrought massive destruction, according to a team of AFP journalists who arrived on the scene Wednesday.
Kurdish forces recaptured the town on the Turkish frontier from the Islamic State group on Monday in a symbolic blow for the extremists who have seized swathes of territory in their brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq. After four months of fighting, the streets — now patrolled by Kurdish militiamen with barely a civilian in sight – were a mass of rubble and gutted buildings, the journalists said.
Kurdish fighters armed with Kalashnikov rifles greeted the journalists with a hail of celebratory gunshots into the air and made the “V” for victory sign. On Tuesday, Kurdish forces battled IS militants in villages around Kobane, but the largely deserted town was calm on Wednesday.