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"…clearing the town was no great victory,"

[One doesn’t know what to say, so I won’t say anything about this item in the news today.]

Members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Committees, which defended Kobani against the Islamic State with help from coalition airstrikes, celebrated Monday. Credit European Pressphoto Agency

Kurdish militias regained full control of the northern Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, driving Islamic State militants out with the help of American-led airstrikes. But even as the Kurds celebrated, some activists said clearing the town was no great victory, given that it took more than 700 airstrikes to do it — nearly three-quarters of all the coalition’s strikes in Syria so far — and that Kobani was a relatively minor border city with a prewar population of 45,000.