In spite of increased US air support Kobane was totally in IS hands by 15 November. Several thousand residents fled across the border into Turkey before the end came. Over the next several weeks IS staged several execution dramas for the TV cameras waiting on the hillside across the border from the city. The UN estimates the number of executed to be more than 5,000. IS has kept several more thousand residents alive and display them on roof tops for the benefit of US air reconnaissance. This has effectively stopped US air attacks on the city. IS forces previously concentrated in the action at Kobane have moved to other positions along the border or to the Aleppo area. Kurdish rioting has built steadily in Turkey since the fall of Kobane. These riots have been put down with severity by the Erdogan government's police. There have been numerous instances of intercommunal conflict across Turkey between ethnic Turks and Kurds.
SAR forces completed encirclement of Aleppo before the end of the battle at Kobane. IS forces returning to Aleppo have repeatedly tried to break the Syrian lines of circumvellation but have failed in spite of heavy employment of suicide truck bombers as part of their fire plans for attacks. Syrian and US air attacks are occurring in close proximity to each other against much the same IS forces who are trying to break the SAR siege.
In December, Turkey announced its revocation of permission for the French Navy carrier battle group's presence in the Black Sea as well as for over flight clearance for anti-IS air operations in Iraq. Turkey stressed that emergency landing rights for damaged French aircraft would still be available at Batman. France withdrew from the Black Sea in January re-positioning the battle group in the Mediterranean Sea NE of Cyprus where it began air operations against targets in northern Iraq. Syria's foreign minister expressed satisfaction with that as well as blanket overflight clearance for French aircraft from the De Gaulle to and from Iraq. Syria also offered to exchange IFF codes with France to prevent accidental engagements. It is believed that France responded favorably to the offer. In February a group of active and retired senior Turkish Army officers attempted to depose Erdogan's government. The attempt failed when Turkish Jandarma units loyal to Erdogan blocked the attempt of a Turkish Army brigade to occupy the capital, Ankara. The brigade has been disbanded and many of its officers and soldiers arrested and held for trial for treason and mutiny. The generals and colonels who instigated the coup attempt have fled into hiding within Turkey. The government accuses the Army of hiding them within Turkish Army cantonments. In March Erdogan allowed IS to open two more consulates. One is in Antakya and the other in Erzerum. This action and the cancellation of the waiver for France in the Black Sea has caused backchannel discussions in NATO of the possibility of expelling Turkey from NATO. Russia has made it clear that it would not veto a resolution condemning Turkey in the Security Council so long as the resolution includes economic sanctions. China has not expressed an opinion with regard to such a resolution. Ambassador Samantha Power has made a public statement that the US opposes such a resolution.
Covert and unacknowledged US/Iranian cooperation has continued in building up the Pesh Merga. US aircraft are now operating in significant numbers from KAR airfields. Equipment and supplies are now arriving with Iranian cooperation in overland deliveries from Gulf ports. These deliveries have enabled a steady build up in PM capabilities. The KAR government has made it clear that it has no interest in advancing its forces beyond what it considers to be authentically Kurdish territory. The KAR government has made it clear that it will not attempt to relieve Baghdad or any other area under Iraqi covernment control if such operations endanger Kurdish forces.