Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists launched a new offensive in the east of the embattled Syrian town of Kobane after withdrawing from parts of it following U.S.-led strikes, Agence France-Presse reported a monitor as saying on Wednesday.

“There are fierce clashes underway in the east of Ain al-Arab (Kobane) after the Islamic State launched an offensive to retake the areas it lost control of,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

He said at least three fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) were killed in the fighting on Wednesday, along with an unspecified number of ISIS jihadists. […]