ISIS pushed back with help of U.S. airstrikes in Kobani

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  • Kurdish fighters have pushed out ISIS militants in many parts of Kobani, sources report
  • ISIS still controls key buildings, including HQ of Kurdish People's Protection Units
  • U.S. airstrikes on ISIS targets destroyed 19 buildings and other ISIS positions, military says

(CNN)Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani have pushed back ISIS militants in a number of locations as U.S. airstrikes on ISIS positions continue in and around the city, according to sources there.

The battle for Kobani, which is not far from the Turkish border, has become a street fight over control of hills and neighborhoods.
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One Kurdish fighter told CNN Thursday that ISIS has been forced from many parts of the city, but still controls some key buildings including the hospital and the important Asayish building in the middle of Kobani, which served as headquarters for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).
    The YPG does have control of the southwest entrance of the city and has taken some buildings back from ISIS fighters in one neighborhood, next to the heavily contested eastern industrial area of the city.
    Activists say Kurdish fighters were able to make significant advances on all fronts around Kobani with the help of coalition airstrikes.
    U.S. fighter jets conducted 14 strikes near Kobani Wednesday and Thursday, according to U.S. Central Command.
    Initial reports show the strikes his 19 ISIS buildings and 10 other ISIS targets, including command posts, sniper positions and a staging location, the U.S. military said.
    The airstrikes over the past few days have helped Kurdish YPG fighters turn into an offensive rather than a defensive force, according to one activist.
    But, he added, "there is still street fighting in the east and in the south" of Kobani.