Islamic State fighters shell Syrian Kurdish town

October 5, 2014 11:06 AM

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BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants shelled a beleaguered Syrian Kurdish town near the Turkish border on Sunday, sending pillars of smoke billowing into the sky as Kurdish militiamen scrambled to repel the extremists' offensive, activists said.

The Islamic State group has pushed to the outskirts of the town of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, as it presses its weeks-long offensive against the town and its surrounding villages. The assault has forced some 160,000 people to flee across the frontier in one of the biggest single exoduses of Syr...

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