Iraq

October 9, 2014

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain's role in Iraq and Syria would continue to be supportive (File/AFP)
12:32 GMT

The British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the UK will become more involved in the fight against IS, but ground troops won't be deployed to Iraq and Syria.

President Barack Obama says the “barbaric” ISIL terrorist organization poses a threat to the world and fighting against the group will be a “difficult mission.” [AFP]
08:43 GMT

US President Barack Obama says the “barbaric” ISIL terrorist organization poses a threat to the world and fighting against the group will be a “difficult mission.”

As the fighting continues, the lack of assistance for those living in Kobani sparked more violent demonstrations across Turkey. [Getty Images]
08:04 GMT

Isis in Kobani: Still no sign of Turkey reacting to threat on its border as John Kerry says preventing the fall of the town is 'not a strategic objective'

October 8, 2014

The FBI has appealed for help in tracking down IS fighters. [Twitter]
12:53 GMT

The FBI has appealed to the public for any information on individuals who may have traveled abroad to fight alongside Isis.

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper pictured in Ontario, March 18th, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:00 GMT

The U.S. welcomed Canada's announcement to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

October 7, 2014

Smoke rises from the southwestern area of Kobani following coalition airstrikes on Oct. 7. Fresh airstrikes by the US-led coalition hit positions held by Islamic State jihadists. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
15:06 GMT

The ground attacks in Kobani's streets are centered on the southern section of the city, and are regarded as less intense than Monday's effort to repel IS militants.

Authorities say the assailant rammed an explosive-laden armored vehicle into houses. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT

A car bomb has killed at least 17 people and injured 13 others in Iraq's Saladin Province.

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.