Syria

October 8, 2014

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.

Kurdish demonstrators protest in the hall of the parliament building in The Hague on Oct. 6. The banner reads, in Dutch: "Stop the silent support to Kobani." (AFP/ANP/Valerie Kuypers)
13:42 GMT

About 100 Kurds occupied part of the Dutch parliament building in protest over IS attacks. The protesters left peacefully after talking with lawmakers and police.

IS militants overtook areas of Kobani late Monday. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT

Turkey's main Kurdish party has urged all Kurds to hold protest rallies across the country against IS militants and their attacks on Kobani.

October 6, 2014

Smoke rising above the Kurdish town of Kobane in northern Syria, where a female suicide bomber is believed to have blown herself up among IS militants (Aris Messinis / AFP).
16:53 GMT

On Sunday, a Kurdish female suicide bomber was believed to have blown herself up among a gathering of Islamic State fighters in Kobane.

Smoke rises in the Kurdish city of Kobane as Turkish soldiers take position close to the border with Syria, October 3rd, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:40 GMT

Islamic State militants intensified attacks across the Syrian border city of Kobani, forcing some 160,000 Kurds to flee into neighboring Turkey.

Mourners carry the coffin of a Hezbollah fighter who was killed in Qalamun mountains following clashes with IS, September 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:26 GMT

Five fighters from the resistance group Hezbollah were killed following intense clashes with Nusra Front militants along Lebanon's eastern border.

Vice President Joe Biden found himself apologizing for another gaffe. (AFP file photo)
08:31 GMT

Last week, Biden said that Middle Eastern allies are partly to blame for the strengthening of some terrorist groups.

A Pentagon spokesman said the U.S. is looking into civilian casualties but currently has "no credible reporting from operational sources." (AFP/File)
07:39 GMT

Two observer groups say U.S. air strikes in Syria have killed several civilians.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Syrian army troops have managed to retake three towns in western Syria.

October 5, 2014

Hezbollah allegedly captured five militants during the battle. (AFP/File)
18:23 GMT

Thirteen militants and two Hezbollah fighters were killed in fierce fighting near the Lebanese-Syrian border.

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 4, 2014

Militants pressed farther toward the border town of Kobane Saturday, despite U.S. airstrikes. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT

Limitations of air power in the fight for the Syrian border town of Kobane were made apparent Saturday, as militants closed in on peshmerga despite bombings.