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The death toll in Kobane has surpassed 800 after 40 days of fighting; the tally includes 481 Islamic State fighters, 302 Kurdish YPG, and 21 civilians. The US carried out five airstrikes near Kobane over the weekend, as Kurdish forces repelled four consecutive days of jihadist assaults on the Turkish border crossing near the town. Syrian regime airstrikes in the town of Talbisseh in central Homs over the weekend killed 31, including 13 children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Al Nusrah Front attacked government forces and militias in the regime-held city of Idlib in northern Syria today.
King's College in London estimates that one British jihadi is killed in Syria or Iraq every three weeks. US officials stated that the town of Kobane is less likely to fall to the Islamic State and the "battle line has kind of stabilized" since Kurdish forces received US air support. Smugglers are selling passage into Syria from Turkey for as little as $20. The Syrian Army under Bashar al Assad claimed to have retaken the city of Morek in western Syria today.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated that 553 people have been killed in airstrikes since the start of the US campaign on Sept. 23. The total includes 464 Islamic State fighters, 57 members of the Al Nusrah Front, and 32 civilians. Turkey's president revealed that a deal has been struck for 200 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to join the battle against the Islamic State in Kobane. Syrian Kurds have signed a power-sharing agreement to boost outside support for their campaign against jihadists. The Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad claimed to have shot down two jets piloted by members of the Islamic State. US General John Allen has implied that the UK may soon join the air war over Syria.