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UEFA's disciplinary committee on Friday awarded Serbia a 3-0 victory in their aborted Euro 2016 qualification match with Albania, but deducted them three points. Albania's football federation responded by saying they would appeal the decision. The match in Belgrade on October 14 was halted after home fans invaded the pitch and attacked Albania players after a pro-Albanian flag was carried over the stadium by a drone. The match was goalless when it was abandoned in the 41st minute as Albania players fled to the changing rooms as irrate fans invaded the pitch.
An attack by the Islamic State group on the Syrian town of Kobane has stalled but, in neighbouring Iraq, government troops are months from mounting a major fightback, US officials said. US-led aircraft have flown nearly 6,600 sorties in the air war against IS in Iraq and Syria, and dropped more than 1,700 bombs, the US military said. The air strikes have helped Kobane's Kurdish militia defenders hold out against the more heavily armed jihadists but have not stopped IS making new gains in parts of Iraq. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged that the results of the air campaign had been "mixed" but insisted that the overall strategy was "working".