After four long months of bloodshed, Kurdish forces took full control of Kobani last week, ousting remaining the Islamic State fighters.
A video clip has emerged online showing a large group of young Kurdish fighters and civilians holding hands – men, women and children together – performing a traditional dance routine.
The celebrations come a day after ISIS, for the first time, admitted that U.S.-led air strikes have forced its fighters from the Syrian town. The terrorist group, however, has vowed to take it back.
Find Out: Why Is Kobani Important To ISIS?
Kobani (or Kobane) is a town in northern Syria that ISIS militants have been trying to capture ever since they established a so-called caliphate last summer.
It is home to people of different ethnicities such as Arab, Turkmen and Armenian, but the majority of the population belongs to Kurdish people – one of the many communities severely being hunted down by terrorists in the region.
Since it is just six miles from the Turkish border, Kobani could become a potential gateway into Europe for the militants.
If ISIS succeeds in the fight for its siege, it could gain a foothold on the Turkish border and provide the group access to the black markets it needs to expand its illegal oil trade – which has reportedly been disrupted by U.S. airstrikes.
Although ISIS has been driven away, for now, the rebuilding of the strategically important town remains a big challenge for the inhabitants and the government forces.