Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (R) shakes hands with the Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Baghdad, November 20, 2014. REUTERS/Hadi Mizban/Pool
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Iraq's prime minister said Thursday that his country and neighboring Turkey have agreed on closer security and intelligence cooperation in the face of the threat posed by ISIS, as residents and a medical source said the group's governor of Mosul was killed in an airstrike.The air campaign helped Kurdish forces retake territory from the group in Iraq and defend the Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab, known in Kurdish as Kobani, from an ongoing ISIS offensive.Retired General John Allen, coordinator of the coalition against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, told Turkey's Milliyet newspaper an estimated 600 ISIS fighters had already been killed in airstrikes and the group would ultimately be defeated in the battle for the town. "ISIL has in so many ways impaled itself on Kobani," Allen said, using a variant of the name for ISIS. He said ISIS had sought to make a symbol out of Ain al-Arab by defeating the Kurdish forces seeking to retain control of the town. "Any time you mass to achieve the affect that they are trying to achieve with respect to Kobani, you create targets," he said.He said ISIS' ultimate retreat from Ain al-Arab would indicate that it has not been able to achieve its objectives.
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