BBC: ISIS Losing Grip On Syrian City Of Kobani04:07
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Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, on October 17, 2014. Islamic State militants have suffered setbacks and have begun retreating from parts of the beseiged Syrian border town according to a local official. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)
Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, on October 17, 2014. Islamic State militants have suffered setbacks and have begun retreating from parts of the beseiged Syrian border town according to a local official. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)
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The Islamic State is retreating from the Syrian city of Kobani, according to the BBC.

ISIS and Kurdish fighters have been locked in a fierce battle for the city on the Turkish border for a month. U.S. air strikes have helped turn the momentum of the battle in favor of the Kurds, a Kurdish commander told the BBC.

Fighting does continue, however, and most residents of the city have fled over the border into Turkey. This week, a Kurdish lawmaker in northern Iraq said U.S. airstrikes around Kobani will not be enough to break the siege.

BBC correspondent Kasra Naji joins Here & Now's Sacha Pfeiffer with the latest on the siege.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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This segment aired on October 17, 2014.

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