U.S. general says Syrian town of Kobani taken from Islamic State

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Posted: Jan 31, 2015 2:46 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kurdish ground forces, helped by U.S. and allied air support, have retaken the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants, U.S. Lieutenant-General James Terry said on Saturday.

Supporting what Kurdish forces said earlier this week, Terry, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force that has been leading air strikes against Islamic State, said in a statement: "Kurdish ground forces, supported by our air component, were successful in retaking the town of Kobani."

(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Frances Kerry)