Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Syrian town

October 16, 2014 9:20 AM

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Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Syrian town

MURSITPINAR (Reuters) - The advance of Islamic State fighters on Kobani stalled on Thursday according to a monitoring group, after U.S.-led coalition warplanes launched their heaviest bombardment yet on the militants, who have been assaulting the Syrian border town for nearly a month.

Last week Turkish and U.S. officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking Kobani from its heavily outgunned Kurdish defenders, after seizing strategic points deep inside the town.

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