ISIS gains halted, but defeat not on horizon

The site of an ISIS flag on the Syrian Kurdish border-town of Kobane is completely obliterated in an air strike, October 23, 2014. (AFP)

U.S.-led airstrikes and steadily strengthening forces in Iraq are containing advances by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but are by no means destroying it, experts told Al Arabiya News.

ISIS’s inability to take the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane after an offensive lasting a month and a half, and its routing from two Iraqi towns earlier this week, are evidence that its many opponents are beginning to contain the group, analysts said.

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