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Kurds have a tangled, shifting web of alliances and enemies, from the Americans and Assad, to IS and Turkey. Last week, Turkey attacked PKK positions in the southeast for the first time since a 2013 peace deal ended a 30-year conflict between the Turkish government and PKK rebels. Could the winds change again?
11:04 GMT

10 things to know about the Kurds, the PKK, and the struggle that's bigger than Kobani.

Chomsky believes an alternative to U.S. airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria would be appealing to the UN Security Council. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT

Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on the rise of the Islamic State, the most recent Gaza offensive, and US policy in the region.

Drones were moved from Afghanistan to target Islamic State operations in Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT

British drones have been moved from Afghanistan to hit Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria following 10 air strikes carried out by UK forces in the region.

A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him greeting Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (L) at the presidential office in Tehran on October 19, 2014. (Iranian Presidency Website/ AFP).
05:00 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed his country's support against terrorism while receiving Lebanese deputy-prime minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel on Sunday in Tehran.

October 20, 2014

Iraqis gather outside a Shiite mosque where a suicide bomber detonated explosives, killing at least 11 people, on October 20, 2014 in central Baghdad (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP).
20:00 GMT

Around 18 civilians were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Harisiyye district, while another bomb attack left seven soldiers dead in Zeydan

Kurdish forces have been battling Islamic State militants since they began taking over large areas of Iraq and Syria in June. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT

Turkey announced Monday that it is now helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross its border with Syria.

IS has gained tremendous wealth from smuggling oil. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT

Iraq's illegal oil business is booming and allowing IS to flourish.

A Kurdish boy and his father watch the fighting in Kobani from across the Turkish border on Oct. 19. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
08:31 GMT

In a tactical shift, the United States has started dropping small arms and supplies to Kobani's besieged defenders.

Israeli lawmaker Haneen Zoabi. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT

An Israeli lawmaker says there is no difference between Israeli soldiers and militants of the IS and that both are “armies of murderers with no boundaries and red lines.”

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Abadi to congratulate him on his new government. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Iran Monday after lawmakers approved his choices for the critically important Defense and Interior portfolios.

October 19, 2014

Bombings have become common place in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
18:52 GMT

At least 19 Iraqis were killed and another 28 injured as a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite house of religious mourning in a neighborhood in western Baghdad on Sunday.

An alleged IS fighter totes an RPG in Kobani in a screen grab taken from a video by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel that posts videos from areas under IS control (AFP).
11:11 GMT

Professor Peter Neumann said that people returning from Syria broadly fell into one of three categories: the dangerous, the disturbed and the disillusioned.

Malala Yousafzai, the world’s most recognized schoolgirl, won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize (shared with an Indian activist who battled child labor). The survivor of a Taliban assassination attempt, Malala advocates for education. She is the second Pakistani to be awarded the prize, and - at 17-years-old - the youngest.
11:00 GMT

Take that Maher! Malala's Nobel Peace Prize helps to prove how wrong Bill Maher's comments about Islam were. Here are more Muslim Nobel Laureates that prove him wrong!

A US Air Force B1-B bomber flies over Kobani on Oct. 18. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
09:35 GMT

Observers said seven civilians were killed at a Konoco gas factory in Der-Ezzor province, and three were killed in similar strikes on oil fields in the countryside around Shadadi.

Haditha, home to a strategic dam, has been under assault for months, Iraqi forces say.
08:28 GMT

By controlling Hīt, ISIS has effectively severed the main road linking Haditha to Ramadi. Supplies have been cut off completely from Haditha, with local officials warning foodstuffs could run out soon.