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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 - 13:14
Obama rallies coalition commanders against IS militants
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President Barack Obama attempted to rally allied commanders around his emerging strategy to defeat Islamic State militants as the US-led air armada stepped up its raids in Syria.

Coalition jets carried out two dozen strikes to relieve pressure on Kobane, but Obama admitted to deep concern about the Syrian border town's fate and he warned of a long campaign ahead.

In Washington, the president and the US military's top officer General Martin Dempsey met senior commanders from more than 20 Western and Arab allies involved in the campaign.

The bombing was designed to halt an IS offensive which has seen militants push into the town, threatening a massacre under the noses of the Turkish troops and world media watching from the border.
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