US military reports six airstrikes against Islamic State near Kobani

US military reports six airstrikes against Islamic State near Kobani
Smoke rises after an U.S.-led air strike in the Syrian town of Kobani Oct 8. U.S.-led air strikes on Wednesday pushed Islamic State fighters back to the edges of the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani, which they had appeared set to seize after a three-week assault.

WASHINGTON - The US military said six airstrikes targeting Islamic State had struck the militant group near the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement the US-led coalition airstrikes destroyed an armored personnel carrier, armed vehicles and artillery piece belonging to the militants.

The airstrikes were part of nine overall strikes in Syria over the last two days conducted with partner United Arab Emirates, using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft, it said.

"All aircraft exited the strike areas safely," it added.

The US military and its partners from Britain and the Netherlands also conducted five strikes against Islamic State in Iraq on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the statement.

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