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Watch: US military obliterate Islamic State flag planted on Kobane hill

The effect of the air campaign remains the subject of debate.

KOBANE 2 Source: AFP

THE SYRIAN BORDER town of Kobane has been one of the main fronts of fighting between Islamic State (IS) militants and coalition supported Kurding fighters in the past few weeks.

IS fighters have been planting their flags on a number of hills in Kobane but yesterday the US military decided to bomb one of these flags.

They targeted militants near their flag on Tilsehir hill in Kobane, completely obliterating the immediate area with what looks like four different explosions.

US officials say that the air attacks have stalled a bid by the militants to seize the flashpoint town.

US and allied aircraft have flown nearly 6,600 sorties in the air war against the IS group and dropped more than 1,700 bombs, the American military said yesterday.

The latest tally was released one month since the US-led coalition extended its air campaign from Iraq into Syria in a bid to counter the advance of the jihadists.

The effect of the open-ended air campaign remains the subject of debate, with the White House saying the militants have been damaged by the strikes but critics pointing to the group’s battlefield successes despite the raids.

In Washington, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel acknowledged “mixed” results in the war effort but said: “We believe that our strategy is working.”

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