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 A picture taken from Turkey shows smoke rises after an airstrike by an allegeded alliance war plane on Islamic State targets in the west of Kobane, Syria, where Kurdish fighters YPG are trying to defend the city, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey 08 October 2014.  Islamic State militants captured part of a strategic hill overlooking the southern entrance to the besieged Kurdish town of Kobane on Syria's border with Turkey, a monitoring group said. The Islamic State's reported advance came despite what appeared to be the most intense airstrikes yet on jihadist forces around the town by a US-led coalition that formed to fight the militants.

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Smoke rises after an airstrike by an alliance war plane on Islamic State in the west of Kobani, Syria, where Kurdish fighters YPG are trying to defend the city, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa

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A man suspected of passing on military information to the Syrian government waits to be interrogated after being arrested by Free Syrian Army fighters in Aleppo 

Forces of Syria's President Assad burn a flag of al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, which they said was left behind by rebel fighters, in Zor al-Mahruqa village...Forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad burn a flag of al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, which they said was left behind by rebel fighters, in Zor al-Mahruqa village, after the forces said they had regained control of the area and its surrounding hills in the Hama countryside October 6, 2014. REUTERS/George Ourfalian (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad burn a flag of al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Zor al-Mahruqa village, after they said they had regained control of the area and its surrounding hills in the Hama countryside

Turkish tanks line up on a hill outside the village of Mursitpinar next to the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, on the Turkish-Syrian border ince, on October 6, 2014. Turkish security forces on Monday used tear gas to push dozens of reporters and Kurdish civilians away from the border zone close to intense fighting for the besieged Syrian town of Kobane.

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Turkish tanks line up on a hill outside the village of Mursitpinar next to the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, on the Turkish-Syrian border on Monday

A Turkish soldier wearing a protective mask while Syrian refugees wait behind a barb wire barrier to be transferred to a camp after they crossed the border at the Yumurtalik gate near Sanliurfa, southeast of Turkey, 02 October 2014. Turkey according to the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR) is facing the 'biggest influx' of Syrian refugees since the start of the war three years ago. The fighting in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane has pushed more than 160,000 Syrian refugees, mostly Kurds, into Turkey, raising the overall number of Syrian refugees in the country to about 1.5 million.

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A Turkish soldier wearing a protective mask while Syrian refugees wait behind a barb wire barrier to be transferred to a camp after they crossed the border at the Yumurtalik gate near Sanliurfa, southeast of Turkey

A Syrian toddler sleeps in a makeshift cradle installed in a tent set up for refugees in the Suruc district, near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 01 October 2014. Turkey according to the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR) is facing the 'biggest influx' of Syrian refugees since the start of the war three years ago. The fighting in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane has pushed more than 160,000 Syrian refugees, mostly Kurds, into Turkey, raising the overall number of Syrian refugees in the country to about 1.5 million.

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A Syrian toddler sleeps in a makeshift cradle installed in a tent set up for refugees in the Suruc district, near Sanliurfa, Turkey on Wednesday. Turkey according to the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR) is facing the ‘biggest influx’ of Syrian refugees since the start of the war three years ago

A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq...A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, in this U.S. Air Force handout photo taken early in the morning of September 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIL targets in Syria. At least 14 Islamic State fighters were killed in air strikes by U.S.-led forces overnight in northeast Syria, a group monitoring the war said on September 25, 2014, and the Syrian air force bombed rebel areas in the west of the country. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Handout  (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.

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A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, in this U.S. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIS targets in Syria. At least 14 Islamic State fighters were killed in air strikes by U.S.-led forces overnight in northeast Syria, a group monitoring the war said on Thursday and the Syrian air force bombed rebel areas in the west of the country.

Residents inspect a damaged site after what activists say were four air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus...Residents inspect a damaged site after what activists say were four air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus September 24, 2014. Picture taken September 24, 2014.

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Residents inspect a damaged site after what activists say were four air strikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus

TOPSHOTS Syrian Kurds cross the border b...TOPSHOTS Syrian Kurds cross the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on September 24, 2014. The numbers of Kurdish refugees fleeing into Turkey to escape the advance of Islamic State jihadists in northern Syria has slowed considerably over the last few days, Turkish officials said on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

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Syrian Kurds cross the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province. The numbers of Kurdish refugees fleeing into Turkey to escape the advance of Islamic State jihadists in northern Syria has slowed considerably over the last few days, Turkish officials said on Wednesday. 

Kurdish Syrian refugees walk at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province...Kurdish Syrian refugees walk at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 24, 2014. The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday it was making contingency plans in case all 400,000 inhabitants of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani fled into Turkey to escape advancing Islamic State militants.

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Kurdish Syrian refugees walk at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on Wednesday