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A dozen U.S.-led airstrikes destroyed numerous ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq on Wednesday, the Pentagon said, as the U.S. intensifies its efforts to save the besieged Syrian border city of Kobani. Eight of the strikes came near Kobani itself, destroying five armed vehicles, a command-and-control compound and other important structures, U.S. Central Command said in a statement. All coalition aircraft returned safely, it said.
The other strikes came southwest of the Syrian oil center of Ar Raqqah and in or near the Iraqi cities of Ramadi, Mosul and Kirkuk, CENTCOM said, adding: "Indications are that Kurdish militia there continue to control most of the city and are holding out" against ISIS. But Rear Adm. John Kirby, a spokesman for the Defense Department, told reporters Wednesday that airstrikes alone probably would not be enough to save Kobani, and President Barack Obama cautioned that the struggle against ISIS "is not something that is going to be solved overnight."
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— M. Alex Johnson