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    Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly raised their flag over a building in eastern Kobani, a Syrian border town that became the focal point of the IS offensive, Al-Arabiya cited a Turkish military officer as saying Monday.

    MOSCOW, October 6 (RIA Novosti) - Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly raised their flag over a building in eastern Kobani, a Syrian border town that became the focal point of the IS offensive, Al-Arabiya cited a Turkish military officer as saying Monday.

    A black flag apparently belonging to the radical IS movement, was mounted atop a four-storey building in the area where IS fighters have been battling Kurdish defense forces to control the town on the border with Turkey.

    The flag with white Arabic writing was spotted Monday by an officer from across the Turkish border, with the footage later transmitted by Reuters.

    Earlier in the day, Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV channel reported that fierce fighting between Kurdish militia and the IS continues on the outskirts of Kobani, which the Kurdish People's Protection Units took control of in 2012 as a result of the Syrian civil war.

    Kurdish fighters reportedly hold their positions on the strategic Mashtat Nour hill, which overlooks the city center.

    The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, the group extended its attacks to northern and western Iraq. IS militants have seized vast areas in both countries and proclaimed a caliphate on the territories under its control.

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