Iraqi government forces celebrate while holding a captured ISIS flag after they said they regained control of Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad.
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Kurdish militiamen drove ISIS from the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab and raised their flags Monday, an activist group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over.In Syria, Kurdish claims of an advance in Ain al-Arab, known in Kurdish as Kobani, on the frontier with Turkey, marked the culmination of a battle lasting more than four months in which nearly 1,800 people were killed.Kurdish forces were carrying out "mopping-up operations" against remaining ISIS forces in the Maqtala district, on the town's eastern outskirts.The Pentagon also said it could not confirm accounts from Kurdish militia and the Observatory that Kurdish fighters had full control of the town.Some ISIS supporters took to Twitter to say the fight for Ain al-Arab was still raging.The Kurdish advance came after the Pentagon said the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq had carried out 17 airstrikes against jihadi positions in Ain al-Arab within 24 hours.The loss of Ain al-Arab would be a significant defeat for ISIS.ISIS wielded sophisticated weapons captured from military bases in Syria and Iraq and committed hundreds of fighters to the battle.But Kurdish forces gradually pushed back the jihadis with the help of the U.S.-led air raids and a group of fighters from Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces.
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