Iraq

October 7, 2014

Kurdish fighters have been battling IS militants outside Kobani for weeks. (AFP/File)
06:55 GMT

IS militants have entered the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani after weeks of intense fighting.

October 6, 2014

Dutch fighter jets have also begun flying over Iraqi territory. (AFP/File)
06:53 GMT

The French Ministry of Defense says Paris is going to step up its military presence in Iraq.

October 5, 2014

Kurdish forces have been battling IS militants for control of Kobani for weeks. (AFP/File)
12:28 GMT

IS militants are closing in on the Syrian border town known to the Kurds as Kobani.

Alleged IS policy documents discuss war with Iran and the group's quest for nuclear capabilities. (AFP file photo)
11:37 GMT

The Sunday Times reported that the Islamic State is calling on its members to brace for war with Iran in order to take over its nuclear secrets.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks at Georgetown University in Washington on Oct. 2, 2014 ahead of the annual IMF/WB meetings. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
08:38 GMT

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde warned of the fragile recovery of the global economy and the effects of the turmoil in the Middle East, especially the war against ISIS and the instability of Iraq and Syria, which could trigger higher global oil prices.

Ed and Paula Kassig hold their son Peter Kassig's portrait in a video message to his IS kidnappers.
07:52 GMT

Peter Kassig, 26, was kidnapped by IS in 2013 while he was in Syria as a medical worker.

October 3, 2014

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said total victory over IS would be difficult to achieve, echoing Barack Obama's comments (File/AFP)
13:45 GMT

Australia is due to send fighter jets to bomb Islamic State targets in northern Iraq within days after the country's government approved military action alongside the U.S.-led coalition.

October 2, 2014

Turkey can now deploy its troops in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT

Turkey's parliament passed a motion Thursday approving a military response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Jordan Matson says he has gained acceptance among the YPG. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
19:00 GMT

A former Marine has traveled to Syria and is now fighting alongside Kurdish forces to defeat IS.

The government bill calls for authorizing the Turkish army to launch operations against all threats, including IS terrorists, Kurdish Peshmerga forces and even Syrian troops. (AFP/File)
18:07 GMT

Turkey's parliament has begun discussing a motion that would authorize the government to launch a military strategy against the Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

Militants attacked a major army base in Ramadi and police headquarters in Heet. (AFP/File)
13:33 GMT

Islamic State militants launched attacks in the towns of Ramadi and Heet Thursday.

IS has carried out brutal acts against, Christians, Muslims and Yazidis (pictured), who were forced to flee militant violence (File/AFP)
12:20 GMT

More than 1,119 Iraqis were killed including 854 civilians during the month of September according to a report by the UN Wednesday.

Experts believe IS has resorted to attacking civilians as a result of U.S.-led air strikes (File/AFP)
11:18 GMT

Civilian deaths are on the rise in Iraq since IS intensified car bomb and mortar attacks across the country, despite U.S. air strikes.

A Lebanese army convoy patrols the outskirts of Arsal, close to the border with Syria, August 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:58 GMT

The Islamic State intends on seizing parts of northern Lebanon, according to Western diplomatic sources.

More than 5,000 Yazidi women have been captured by the Islamic State (File/AFP)
08:49 GMT

Two teenagers who escaped from Islamic State militants described their ordeal while in captivity. While 5,000 Yazidi women remain missing, what happens to them when they're kidnapped?