US military: American-led forces conduct 21 airstrikes near Syrian border town

October 14, 2014 18:43


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WASHINGTON - American-led forces conducted 21 airstrikes near Kobani, Syria, in the last two days to slow the advance of Islamic State militants, the US military said on Tuesday, warning the situation on the ground is fluid as militants try to gain territory.

One strike hit a modular oil refinery near Deir al-Zor, US Central Command said. Other strikes destroyed two militant staging areas, destroyed or damaged three Islamic State buildings and damaged three other compounds, it said.

The military said there are indications the airstrikes have slowed Islamic State advances in Kobani, but cautioned the situation on the ground remains fluid as militants try to gain territory and Kurdish militia were "continuing to hold out."

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