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Turkey says Syrian town about to fall as Islamic State moves in

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Obama's policy has failed - if you don't read the entire excerpt, read this: "U.S.-led air strikes have so far failed to prevent its advance on Kobani."

BY DAREN BUTLER AND OLIVER HOLMES
MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT Tue Oct 7, 2014 9:18am EDT

(Reuters) - Turkey's president said Kobani was "about to fall" after Islamic State fighters advanced into the south west of the Syrian Kurdish town, pressing home a three-week assault has cost a reported 400 lives.

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Islamic State wants to take Kobani in order to strengthen its grip on the border area and consolidate the territorial gains it has made in Iraq and Syria in recent months. U.S.-led air strikes have so far failed to prevent its advance on Kobani.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said bombing was not enough to defeat Islamic State and Turkey had made clear that additional measures would be needed.

"The problem of ISIS (Islamic State) ... cannot be solved via air bombardment. Right now ... Kobani is about to fall," he said during a visit to a camp for Syrian refugees.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/07/us-mideast-crisis-idUSKCN0HW0G320141007

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