October 8, 2014
The U.S. welcomed Canada's announcement to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
October 7, 2014
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.
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.
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
On Sunday, a Kurdish female suicide bomber was believed to have blown herself up among a gathering of Islamic State fighters in Kobane.
Islamic State militants intensified attacks across the Syrian border city of Kobani, forcing some 160,000 Kurds to flee into neighboring Turkey.
Five fighters from the resistance group Hezbollah were killed following intense clashes with Nusra Front militants along Lebanon's eastern border.
Last week, Biden said that Middle Eastern allies are partly to blame for the strengthening of some terrorist groups.
Two observer groups say U.S. air strikes in Syria have killed several civilians.
Syrian army troops have managed to retake three towns in western Syria.
October 5, 2014
Thirteen militants and two Hezbollah fighters were killed in fierce fighting near the Lebanese-Syrian border.
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 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.
Peter Kassig, 26, was kidnapped by IS in 2013 while he was in Syria as a medical worker.
October 4, 2014
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.