least 50 ISIL terrorists have been killed in the past 24
hours in clashes, suicide bombings and US-led air strikes in
Syria's Kobani, a monitor said Sunday.
The opposing UK-based Syrian Observatory said the number of
deaths was one of the highest daily tolls for the terrorist
group since it launched an assault on the strategic town on
the Turkish border in September.
The monitoring group said at least five of those killed were
suicide bomb attackers, two of them involved in attacks on
the border crossing that separates Kobani from Turkey.
Another 11 were killed in clashes that ensued between
Kobani's Kurdish defenders and the 'jihadists' at the border
after the bombings, but there was no breakdown for the
The group also said 11 Kurdish fighters were killed in the
same period in Kobani, along with one Syrian rebel fighter
backing the Kurdish forces.
ISIL began advancing on Kobani on September 16, hoping to
quickly seize the small border town and secure its grip on a
large stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border.
At one point, it looked set to overrun the town, but Kurdish
Syrian fighters, backed by US-led coalition air strikes and
an influx of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces, have held back
For now, the town remains roughly evenly divided between
ISIL and Kurdish control.