#AceNewsServices – September 30 – U.S.-led coalition air-strikes targeted fighters, vehicles and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border Tuesday, including around a beleaguered Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish that is under assault by the militants, activists said.
The aerial campaign, which began last week in Syria and last month in Iraq, aims to destroy the extremist faction known as the Islamic State that has seized control of a huge chunk of territory stretching from northern Syria to the western outskirts of the Iraqi capital.
Despite the coalition air-strikes, the militants have pressed their offensive on the town of Kobani, also known by its Arabic name of Ayn Arab, and surrounding villages near Syria’s border with Turkey.
The fighting has created one of the single largest exoduses in Syria’s civil war, now in its fourth year: More than 160,000 fled the area into Turkey the past few days, the U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said.
“Their fear is so great that many people crossed heavily mined fields to seek refuge,” she told the U.N. Security Council.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday’s strikes hit Islamic State fighters east and west of Kobani.
The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, also confirmed the airstrikes on the town’s outskirts.
Both groups attributed the strikes to the U.S.-led coalition.