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Iraqi Kurdish fighters head to Kobani to take on Islamic State
Iraqi Kurdish fighters head to Kobani to take on Islamic State

Some rebel reinforcements reached the besieged Syrian city of Kobani, officials said Wednesday. But the main force of fighters from Iraqi Kurdistan, aiming to help fellow Kurds battle Islamic State militants, was said to be still en route as night fell. Defenders of the border town just yards from the frontier with Turkey are backed by a campaign of U.S.-led airstrikes, lending Kobani heavy symbolic weight in the West’s confrontation with the extremist group Islamic State. The militants hold sway over large parts of Iraq and Syria and have enforced their rule with atrocities, including beheadings, crucifixions and sexual slavery. On Wednesday, warplanes roared over the city, high...

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