US planes, Iraqi ground forces battle IS jihadists

A Kurdish man stands close to the Turkish-Syrian border as smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobane, as seen from the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, in the Sanliurfa province, on October 16, 2014Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) – US-led warplanes pummelled jihadists in Syria on Friday as local forces fought the Islamic State group on the ground in neighbouring Iraq, which the US military declared its top priority.

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