Battles rage to hold back Islamic State as Obama consults leaders

An F/A-18E Super Hornet is launched from the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier which is stationed in the Gulf, on October 13, 2014Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) – Kurdish and Iraqi forces fought to hold back advancing jihadists on the Syria-Turkey border and near Baghdad on Wednesday as Washington pushed to rally its allies against the Islamic State group.

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