Kurds close to driving Islamic State out of Syria's Kobani: monitor

January 26, 2015 12:51 PM

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, are close to regaining full control of the Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border from Islamic State fighters, a group monitoring Syria's war and a Kurdish official said on Monday.

The town, also known as Ayn al-Arab, has become a symbol in the battle against the hardline Sunni Muslim insurgents who have captured large expanses of Iraq and Syria. Islamic State launched a campaign to capture the town in July.

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