Kurds thwart IS in Syria town but Iraqi forces on back foot

Turkish soldiers on a tank and Kurdish people look at the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, from a hill at the Turkish-Syrian border on October 11, 2014Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) – Islamic State group jihadists met dogged Kurdish resistance in the high-profile Syrian battleground town of Kobane Sunday but put Iraqi forces under heavy pressure, prompting the first US-led relief drops.

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