Kurdish militants have wrestled control of 65 villages in Kobane’s countryside from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) control since Jan. 26 in northern Syria, according to a Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) source.

“Kurdish fighters are advancing rapidly because they know their area geographically very well and ISIL factions are withdrawing from one village after another,” Sharfan Abdi, a YPG commander, told Anadolu Agency.

The YPG said in a written statement on Feb. 5 that their forces seized control of Tashlok village and are continuing to advance in western Kobane. […]