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14 WORLD FRIDAY OCTOBER 10 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Warbirds swoop on jihadists advance MURSITPINAR, Turkey: USled warplanes have intensified bombing raids against jihadists advancing on the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane, in a desperate bid to help Kurdish forces who are holding out despite the Islamic State groups three-week assault. US and Jordanian aircraft pounded IS positions near Kobane on Wednesday, destroying barracks, armed vehicles and a logistic command, even though the Pentagon admitted that air strikes alone were not enough to prevent the strategic town from falling. The US, along with Arab, European and other allies, have launched nearly 2000 air raids against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, with Australia carrying out its first bombing raid in Iraq, with a Super Hornet fighter jet dropping two bombs on an IS facility. Across the border in Turkey, protests over Ankaras failure to come to the rescue of Kobanes predominantly Kurdish residents sparked clashes that claimed at least 21 lives and forced authorities to declare a curfew in six provinces. US President Barack Obama said after meeting his defence chiefs that there would be no easy victory against the IS group, but that a growing coalition was resolved to confront the jihadists. A Pentagon spokesman earlier said the air offensive needed to be coupled with troops on the ground to defeat the IS group. But such a capable force currently do not exist on Syrian soil, Rear Admiral John Kirby said. With pressure growing for international action to halt the jihadists advance, France threw its weight behind calls for a buffer zone on the SyrianTurkish frontier. The top US and British diplomats said they were willing to examine the idea of a safe haven, but the White House later denied it was considering such a move. Kobane has become a symbol of resistance against the IS group, which proclaimed an Islamic caliphate across swathes of Iraq and Syria, carrying out beheadings and other atrocities. Kurdish forces continue to control most of the city and are holding out against the (IS jihadists), the US military said. First US ebola death DALLAS: The death of the first ebola patient diagnosed in the United States renewed questions about his medical care and whether Thomas Eric Duncans life could have been extended or saved if the Texas hospital where he first sought help had taken him in sooner. Mr Duncan died in Dallas late Wednesday, a little more than a week after his illness exposed gaps in the nations defences against the disease and set off a scramble to track down anyone exposed to him. The 42-year-old Liberian had been kept in isolation since September 28 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. He had shown up there days earlier with a fever and told staff he had been in West Africa. A sheriffs officer who had visited the apartment where Mr Duncan was staying was taken into an isolation ward after he fell ill. Doctors initially sent Mr Duncan home. He returned after his condition worsened. Of the six ebola patients treated so far in the US, Mr Duncan was the only one not cared for in one of the special hospital units set up to deal with highly dangerous germs. People watch air strikes on the Syrian border town of Kobane as IS forces continue to attack the area Picture: AFP Pirates plunder oil tanker HANOI: A Vietnamese oil tanker missing for a week was released by pirates who stormed the ship and siphoned off some of its cargo, a crew member said yesterday. The deputy captain of the Sunrise 689, Pham Van Hoang, said a group of more than 10 men, who he thought were Indonesian, armed with guns and knives in two speedboats boarded the tanker shortly after it left Singapore for Vietnam on October 2 and siphoned off gas oil. Kurdish forces ... are holding out against the (IS jihadists) Bottlemart NT Promo Ends 21/10/14. Prices may vary in remote areas due to freight. Images are for illustrative purposes only. Visit us at coopers.com.au *Members only. Australian made Australian owned. Some products not available at all stores ALICE SPRINGS The Gapview Hotel DARWIN RIVER Litchf eld Pub FANNIE BAY Fannie Bay Supermarket NIGHTCLIFF Nightcliff Supermarket DARWIN IGA X-press TENNANT CREEK Tennant Creek Hotel ALICE SPRINGS Heavitree Gap Supermarket ANULA Anula Supermarket BATCHELOR Rum Jungle Tavern BERRY SPRINGS IGA X-press BYNOE HAVEN Sand Palms Roadhouse FANNIE BAY Darwin Trailer Boat Club* GRAY Gray Supermarket MALAK Malak Supermarket MILLNER Sabine Supermarket MOIL Moil Supermarket MOULDEN Moulden 5 Star PINE CREEK Lazy Lizard Tavern STUART PARK Stuart Park Corner Store WINNELLIE Winnellie Supermarket WANGURI Wanguri Supermarket WOODROFFE Woodroffe Supermarket WULAGI Wulagi Supermarket DR TIMS CANS 24 X 375ML RRP $4399 RRP COOPERS CLEAR CANS 24 X 355ML $4599 COOPERS CLEAR STUBBIES 24 X 355ML RRP $4599 COOPERS SPARKLING STUBBIES 24 X 375ML RRP $5499