Syrian Kurds attack Islamic State in northeast

February 22, 2015 22:03

BEIRUT -  Syrian Kurdish forces advanced towards an Islamic State stronghold in northeastern Syria on Sunday in an offensive backed by US-led air strikes, a Kurdish official and a monitoring group said.

The Kurdish YPG militia, which last month flushed Islamic State out of the town of Kobani with the help of US and allied air support, launched the offensive in the northeastern Hasaka province overnight.

It is the latest example of coordination between the US-led coalition and the well-organized Syrian Kurdish militia that has been one of Islamic State's toughest enemies in Syria.

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