Kurdish fighters enter IS stronghold in northeastern Syria

February 27, 2015 4:09 PM

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BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that has been a key stronghold of the Islamic State group and planted their flag on the edge of the town, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said.

The town of Tel Hamees is strategically important because it links territory controlled by the extremist group in Syria and Iraq. The region in Syria's Hassakeh province has become the latest battleground in the fight against the militants who this week captured around 220 Christians there.

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