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IS Downs Iraqi Helicopter; Militants Lose Ground in Kobani

Islamic State militants have shot down an Iraqi military helicopter near the country's largest oil refinery for the second time in one week, killing the two pilots aboard. Iraqi forces have been battling the extremist group for the facility in the city of Baiji since early June. In neighboring Syria, the Kurdish militia aided by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have reportedly pushed back advancing Islamic State fighters in Kobani. The three-week long battle for the northern town along...

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