Iraqi peshmerga fighters head for Syria to fight Islamic State

October 28, 2014 5:40 PM

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Iraqi peshmerga fighters head for Syria to fight Islamic State

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi peshmerga fighters headed for the Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday to help fellow Kurds repel an Islamic State advance that has defied U.S.-led air strikes and become an important test of the coalition's ability to combat the Sunni insurgents.

Kobani, nestled on the border with Turkey, has been besieged by Islamic State for more than a month. Weeks of air strikes on the insurgents' positions and the deaths of hundreds of their fighters have failed to break the siege.

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