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More Than 20 US-Led Air Strikes Hit Near Kobani, N. Iraq

by VOA News November 12, 2014

The U.S. military says U.S.-led forces have conducted 16 air strikes in Syria since Monday, most around the heavily contested town of Kobani near the Turkish border.

The U.S. Central Command said on Wednesday that 10 of the strikes hit eight Islamic State units, damaged three fighting positions and destroyed an IS logistics facility.

Kurdish fighters have been battling for more than two months to hold off a push by Islamic State fighters trying to take over Kobani. Air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition are aimed at halting the advance of the Islamists.

The U.S. military also says seven other air strikes have been carried out on Islamic State units in oil-producing regions in northern Iraq since Monday, including two in the city of Kirkuk.

Syrian activists say seven weeks of U.S.-led airstrikes have killed at least 860 people in Syria, most of them Islamic State militants.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday the actual number could be much higher, and includes at least 50 civilians.

The U.S. and a coalition of other nations began hitting Islamic State targets in Syria in late September, expanding on an air campaign against the group in Iraq, where the militants had seized large areas in the country's north and west.

A tally of statistics released by the U.S. Central Command shows coalition planes have carried out 350 airstrikes in Syria and another 450 in Iraq.

Several strikes have targeted the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front. The Syrian Observatory, which has documented violence throughout Syria's civil war, said Wednesday that 68 Nusra members have died in those attacks.

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