Vivid Photos Show What America's New War on Terror in Syria Actually Looks Like

For more than a month, Kurdish militia and Islamic State fighters have battled on the streets of Kobani, a small town straddling the Syria-Turkey border that has become a focal point of the West's military campaign against IS. While American officials admit Kobani may fall, an estimated 135 U.S. airstrikes have pounded Kobani so far, weakening the militants' control.

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Thick smoke and flames from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition rise in Kobani, as seen from a hilltop at the Turkey-Syria border Monday. 

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An airstrike on Kobani sends smoke and dust into the air, as seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, Turkey, on Wednesday. Turkey will allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to travel through its territory to reinforce the Syrian Kurdish force.

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Syrian Kurd Kiymet Ergun, 56, celebrates in Suruc following an airstrike on Kobani Oct. 13.

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 An airstrike in Kobani on Tuesday.

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An explosion from an airstrike illuminates buildings in Kobani Monday. 

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Dust, smoke and heat pour off an explosion from an airstrike on Kobani Saturday.

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An explosion lights up the night sky in Kobani Saturday.

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More than 400,000 people from Kobani and its surrounding villages have fled to neighboring Turkey.

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A Kurdish refugee from Kobani prepares tea in front of her family's tent in a camp in Suruc Wednesday. 

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Thick smoke and dust rise in Kobani from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition Wednesday.

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Syrian refugees from Kobani board a truck on the Turkish-Syrian border as fighting intensifies on Oct. 5.

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Wednesday, mourners in Suruc carry the coffins of Kurdish fighters killed in Kobani in a battle against IS militants.