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Allied Air Strikes Continue To Target Islamic State In Iraq, Syria

U.S. and allied forces staged air strikes on 14 Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in a 24-hour period.

The Combined Joint Task Force leading the operation said on February 3 that in Iraq, air attacks near the cities of Bayji, Tal Afar, Fallujah, and Mosul hit tactical units and vehicles.

It said that in Syria, two strikes near Hasaka targeted oil equipment held by Islamic State militants and another near Raqqa destroyed vehicles and a building.

Another two strikes hit IS tactical units near the Syrian city of Kobani.

Meanwhile, Kurdish officials and activists say that Kurdish-allied fighters have seized a "belt of villages" around Kobani from IS militants.

IS militants overran large parts of Kobani and surrounding areas in mid-September, forcing tens of thousands of Kurds to flee to neighboring Turkey.

For months Kurds and their allies fought to retake Kobani, assisted by coalition air strikes.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP