Damaged buildings and a vehicle are seen in Kobani, Syria, January 27, 2015 after it has been freed from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). (Rauf Malta? - Anadolu Agency)
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Jubilant residents began trickling back to Kobani Tuesday after Kurdish fighters drove ISIS from the Syrian border town, which became a major symbol of resistance against the jihadis.But officials warned that ISIS militants were still present in villages around Kobani, and that massive reconstruction was needed in the devastated town after more than four months of fighting. An estimated 200,000 people living in Kobani and surrounding villages had fled across the border into Turkey after the fight for the town began September 16 .At one point, the jihadi group looked poised to take control of the town.It vastly outgunned the YPG forces, wielding sophisticated weaponry captured from Iraqi and Syrian military bases and fielding fighters from around the world. Forces from the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga, as well as some Syrian Arab opposition forces, also reinforced the YPG in the fight.
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