U.S. hits Islamic State in Syria near Iraq border; fighters advance on Kurdish city

September 24, 2014 2:47 PM

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DAMASCUS/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - American warplanes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria for a second day at a strategic post on the Iraqi border, but the campaign did nothing to halt the fighters' advance on a Kurdish town where refugees are fleeing.

Syrian Kurds said Islamic State had responded to U.S. attacks by sending more tanks and fighters into an assault near the Turkish border in the north, where nearly 140,000 civilians have fled in recent days in the fastest exodus yet.

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