A file picture taken on March 27, 2015, shows people walking along a conflict damaged street in the Syrian town of Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab. AFP PHOTO/YASIN AKGUL
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ISIS fighters have launched simultaneous attacks against Syrian government and Kurdish militia forces, moving back onto the offensive after losing ground in recent days to Kurdish-led forces near the capital of their "caliphate".In a separate offensive in the multi-sided Syrian civil war, an alliance of rebels in the south of the country also launched an attack with the aim of driving government forces from the city of Deraa.The attacks by ISIS follow a rapid advance by Kurdish-led forces deep into the hardline group's territory, to within 50 km (30 miles) of its de facto capital Raqqa.ISIS advanced rapidly last month, seizing cities in Syria and Iraq.The ISIS attack on Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab, began with at least one car bomb in an area near the border crossing with Turkey, Kurdish officials and the Observatory said. ISIS fighters were battling Kurdish forces in the town itself.
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