ISIS bodies line Kobani streets after Kurdish forces take control of destroyed city Kurdish fighters rounded up the bodies of about 20 terrorists Friday, days after they claimed to recapture the city Jan. 26. Kobani has been a battleground since September, and the destruction in its wake means it may take a long time for more than 200,000 refugees to return home. BY Rachelle Blidner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS A Kurdish fighter points to the bodies of ISIS militants killed in the fight for Kobani, a Syrian border town, Friday. Previous Next Enlarge BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images The bodies of ISIS fighters lined the streets of Kobani, a Syrian border town, days after Kurdish fighters claimed to regain control of the destroyed city, according to reports. Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) rounded up the bodies of around 20 Islamic extremists Friday after a four-month intensive battle, the AFP reported. Kurdish forces pushed ISIS militants out of the mainly Kurdish town outside Turkey Monday, Syrian state media reported. They managed to take back 17 out of the hundreds of villages and "liberated several regions" to its west, YPG told AFP. ISIS supporters said in an online video they withdrew because of airstrikes but vowed to return, AFP reported. Militants fired a mortar shell inside the city Thursday, wounding four civilians, Turkey's Radikal newspaper reported. In recent weeks, they carried out more than 35 suicide attacks in Kobani. It's too soon to say "mission accomplished" because battles rage on to the southeast and southwest of the city, a senior U.S. State Department official said. More than 200,000 refugees who fled to Turkey joyously celebrated the victory claim, Reuters reported. They are eager to return home after months of cold weather, hunger and poverty. But their hometown is littered with debris from fallen buildings and bombs, suggesting that it might be a while before they can return. The violence hollowed out the town - the roads have craters meters deep - and reduced large swaths of Kobani to rubble. Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers' views still hover over the wreckage. A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walks around damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani Friday. The destruction runs through the city, suggesting that those who fled are unlikely to return soon. OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS Although Kurdish flags hang where ISIS ones used to, civilians and fighters are nervous about walking around because of continued mortar shell firings and the potential for unexploded traps to go off. "Coming back to Kobani will be even more difficult than leaving it," one YPG fighter from the Kurdish told Reuters, clutching a machinegun and standing in front of the ruins of a building. "This city needs to be rebuilt from scratch. Everything is destroyed," he said, pointing to a pile of debris as tall as the single-story building next to it. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan questioned whether the city could be fixed. "Today they are dancing with happiness. What happened?" he told local government officials in his Ankara palace. "(Islamic State) is out there, fine. But who will repair all those places you bombed? Will those 200,000 who fled Kobani be able to go back? When they are back, where will they live?" Kobani became the symbol of the international fight against the terrorist group -- which controls large portions of territory in Syria and Iraq -- after ISIS militants streamed into town with heavy artillery Sept. 16, prompting U.S.-led forces to drop weapons and ammunition. The terrorists never fully captured the city but had enough power in the area -- they controlled about 300 villages -- that they used Kobani as a background for propaganda videos. An October clip showed captive British photojournalist John Cantlie in the city, which the group used to prove that its fighters had pushed deep inside the city's core. Since the battle began, the death toll has reached about 1,600 people, including 1,075 ISIS fighters, 459 Kurdish soldiers and 32 civilians, activists estimated.