A cat runs through the wreckage left by fighting on a street in the center of the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on January 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
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The Kurdish recapture of Ain al-Arab in northern Syria appears to have provided a blueprint for defeating ISIS, bringing together U.S. air power with an effective ground force and protected routes for the movement of fighters and weaponry.As Kurdish fighters, buoyed by their success after months of fighting near Syria's Turkish border, expanded their offensive Tuesday, American officials were able to point at long last to a victory in the battle against ISIS.American airstrikes killed more than 1,000 ISIS members in and around Ain al-Arab, including major figures in the militia's command structure and many of its most battle-hardened fighters, a senior State Department official said.Any Mosul operation is likely to be far more elaborate than Ain al-Arab, which doesn't seem to have involved much effort toward rooting out the ideology that has fueled ISIS' war effort and made it popular in some parts of the Arab world.Unsure if Ain al-Arab would hold, U.S. officials including Secretary of State John Kerry spent weeks saying the town wasn't a U.S. priority.
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