Kobani may fall to militants, top US officer says

October 17, 2014 3:16 PM

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WASHINGTON — It is "highly possible" that the besieged Syrian city of Kobani could fall to Islamic State militants, the commander of U.S. military forces in the Middle East told reporters Friday.

Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, who leads Central Command, said Islamic State fighters have made Kobani its "main effort" in its move to expand the territory it holds in Syria and Iraq. Austin maintained that attacks by the militants on Kobani have given the U.S.-led air war there opportunities to blast the...

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