Middle East In Kobane, site of key defeat of Islamic State, rebuilding is a Kurdish affair

The US saw the Kurdish victory in Kobane as a model for cooperation against the Islamic State. But with much of the city in ruins, the Kurds' focus on rebuilding is on themselves.


The convoy of bulldozers and dump trucks bearing water and sewer pipes gets a hero’s greeting of honking horns as it passes through this last Turkish town before the Syrian border. Its destination: the ruins of Kobane.