The Kobane Siege

A timeline of reports – July 2014 – June 2015


The battle of Kobane was epic! Not even George RR Martin or JRR Tolkien could create this and this was reality! This was the turning point in Syria for the Kurds, for Syria and for the coalition war against ISIS/Daesh. The Kurds of Kobane demonstrated amazing courage and resilience while being surrounded by ISIS from three sides. Turkey lay on the North and didn’t lift a finger to help. They still severely restrict aid from coming into Kobane even a year later. This has made rebuilding quite a challenge.

I’ll post links blow to reports in chronological order as it went down. They will show how this battle became a model for success in the fight against Daesh, setting a precedent for a pattern of successes and it will demonstrate the strength of spirit and heroism that Kurds deserve to be honored for.

I don’t claim to be an expert on the Kurdish groups or military strategy. I’m simply a witness from a far.

May 2014

BBC did much of the work already in putting together a timeline of Kobane:

Kobane Siege
Looking on: Residents watch from Turkey as the battle ravages their town. Credit: BBC.
Rojava Battle Map, May 2014

Map of North Syria : May, 2014
Yellow = Kurdish Cantons/Regions
Blue = ISIS aka Daesh
Green = Other Rebel Groups
Pink: Assad Regime forces


Kurdistan National Congress: Canton Based Democratic Autonomy of Rojava (Western Kurdistan – Northern Syria): A Transformation Process from Dictatorship to Democracy

Kurdistan National Congress: Canton Based Democratic Autonomy of Rojava (Western Kurdistan - Northern Syria): A Transformation Process from Dictatorship to Democracy

Rojava-framework-c Rojava-framework-b

May 10, 2014
Syrian Kurdish Leader Visits Turkey as ISIS Advances on Kobane
By Jonathon Burch, Rudaw

May 11, 2014
Kobane official calls for more outside help to defeat ISIS
By Sharmila Devi, Rudaw

May 12, 2014
Kurdish forces stop ISIS attack in Kobane
By Rudaw

May 25, 2014
ISIL executes Kurdish man near Syria’s Kobane, cutting off his head
By Ahmed Salim, ARA News

June 2014

Map by @arabthomness

June 6, 2014
Many Displaced as ISIS Attacks Syrian Kurdish Villages with Heavy Artillery


June 10, 2014
Kurdish Female Commander in Kobane Kills Militants in Suicide Attack


June 10, 2014
Syrian Kurds blame Turkey for backing ISIS militants

By Amberin Zaman Via

June 10, 2014
Statement by HDP (People’s Democratic Party of Turkey) on Developments in Rojava

Via HDP, ‎@HDPenglish

June 21, 2014
Kidnapped Kurdish school children are being taught to be Jihadists by ISIS


June 24, 2014
Kurdish refugees from Kobane said they were terrorized by the Turkish border guards


July 2014

Map by @arabthomness

July 7, 2014
Kobane Under Intense ISIS Attack, Excluded from UN Humanitarian Aid
By Harvey Morris, Rudaw

July 8, 2014
ISIS Now Attacking Kobanê On Three Sides

July 10, 2014
Kurds to Obama: Save Kobane
By Osamah Golpy, Rudaw

July 11, 2014
Turkish troops kill Kurdish activist at Kobane border
By Alexander Whitcomb, Rudaw

July 15, 2014
Kurds enter Syria from Turkey to fight jihadists
By AFP via Yahoo

July 16, 2014
Hundreds of Turkey Kurds enter Syria Kurdistan to fight ISIS
By KurdPress

July 18, 2014
While Iraq burns, Isis takes advantage in Syria
By Michael Stephens & Sofia Barbarani,

July 18, 2014
Kurds struggle to unify against ISIS
By Nalan Sipar,

July 18, 2014
Kurds join forces in northern Syria to repel advances made by Islamic State militants in the region

July 22, 2014
ISIS Is Using Its Captured Iraqi Weapons Against the Kurds in Syria
by Mutlu Civiroglu @MutludC, Vice News

August 2014

Map by @arabthomness

August 7, 2014
Obama authorizes ‘targeted airstrikes’ in Iraq to counter militants
By Jim Sciutto, Catherine E. Shoichet and Barbara Starr, CNN

August 11, 2014
A U.S.-designated terrorist group (PKK) is saving Yazidis and battling the Islamic State
By Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

August 13, 2014
US forces reportedly helping Kurds and Yazidis against ISIS at Mount Sinjar, Iraq (near Syrian border)
The Irish Times

August 15, 2014
Mapping Syria
By Thomas Van Linge, @arabthomness on Twitter.

August 28, 2014
Obama’s statement about Ukraine, Syria and Economy: Video and Transcript