Syrian Kurds attack Islamic State in northeast

February 22, 2015 6:26 PM

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish forces advanced towards an Islamic State stronghold in northeastern Syria on Sunday in an offensive backed by U.S.-led air strikes, a Kurdish official and a monitoring group said.

The Kurdish YPG militia, which last month flushed Islamic State out of the town of Kobani with the help of U.S. and allied air support, launched the offensive in the northeastern Hasaka province overnight.

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