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 – on loan from Turkish Kurds and laden with water and sewer pipes – gets a hero’s greeting as it passes through this last Turkish town before the border with Syria, heralded with honking horns en route to the ruins of Kobane.