At least 50 so-called Islamic State (IS) militants were reported dead in an intense day of clashes and US-led airstrikes in the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group has said.
The fighting, which took place on Saturday and early Sunday, was reportedly one of the deadliest 24-hour periods for IS militants since they launched a mid-September assault to seize the city from its predominantly Kurdish population, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Eleven Kurdish fighters were also killed, according to the group.
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Meanwhile, the Observatory also said the coalition had launched 30 airstrikes in and around the northeastern city of Raqqa – the de facto capital of the IS in Syria.
The strikes targeted both positions in the city and the sprawling Division 17 airbase, which the IS seized from the Syrian military earlier this year.
No information regarding casualties has been released so far.
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