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US-led air strikes hit near Turkey

The US-led coalition has struck targets of the Islamic State group near a besieged Kurdish town in Syria near the border with Turkey, activists said.

It is not clear if the air strikes halted the militants' advance on Koubani, also known as Ayn Arab.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit Islamic State (IS) fighters east and west of Kobani. The Local Co-ordination Committees, another activist group, confirmed the air strikes on the town's outskirts.

Koubani has been under attack by IS since mid-September. Despite US-led air strikes, the militants were able to advance towards the town over the past few days.

The Observatory said fighting around Koubani yesterday killed 57 fighters on both sides - the town's Kurdish defenders and IS militants.

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