Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, on October 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Aris Messinis
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ISIS militants Sunday shelled a beleaguered Syrian Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, sending smoke billowing into the sky as Kurdish militiamen scrambled to repel the extremists' offensive, activists said.The assault has forced some 160,000 people to flee across the frontier in one of the biggest single exoduses of Syria's civil war.The U.S. military said fighter aircraft conducted two strikes northwest of the city of Raqqa, hitting a large ISIS unit and destroying six militant firing positions.On Sunday, one shell fired from the Syrian side struck a house in the Turkish village of Buyuk Kendirci, wounding four people.The fighting between ISIS and the Kurds is one aspect of Syria's multilayered civil war, a conflict that has killed more than 190,000 people since the revolt against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011 .
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