The United States has opened a new front in northern Syria, bombing Islamic State targets in two locations near the Turkish border – away from Kobani, the Kurdish enclave that has been the main focus of U.S. airstrikes the past nine months.

The U.S. Central command confirmed 11 airstrikes in the past month against Islamic State forces near the towns of Azzaz and Marea, an area where the Islamic State launched an offensive early this month aimed at closing the supply route for arms and goods to moderate rebels fighting Syrian governments forces in Aleppo.

And there were five airstrikes against Islamic State forces in the town of Jarablus this past weekend, the Central Command said. […]