Syria

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.

Over three million Syrians have fled their country's civil war. (AFP/File)
12:18 GMT

The Jordanian government insists its border remains open, but humanitarian agencies say it is now closed to Syrian refugees.

The buffer zone along the border has been supported by France, but the U.S. has yet to agree. (AFP/File)
09:28 GMT

U.S. officials say Turkey's request for a no-fly buffer zone to protect the recent onslaught of refugees is still on the table, but the priority should be for Turkey to join the military coalition against the Islamic State.

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

Smoke rises from the town of Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobani by the Kurds, October 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:39 GMT

U.S. forces carried out air strikes against Islamic State positions in Kobani, causing the militant group to pull out of the town.

Beautiful rally driver Nada has been married to George for three months now, according to her. (Image: Dohastadiumplusqatar.com)
14:30 GMT

No more Curious George as Wassouf's lawyer confirms he's tied the knot to Qatari rally driver Nada Zeidan.

Iran's Foreign Ministry says Tehran is ready to take practical measures in dealing with the ongoing chaotic situation in the northern Syrian city of Kobani. [AFP]
13:19 GMT

Iran's Foreign Ministry says Tehran is ready to take practical measures in dealing with the ongoing chaotic situation in the northern Syrian city of Kobani if it receives an official request from Damascus.

Amid Peshmerga pleas for international aid, IS militants first entered Kobani Monday night. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT

Militants have reportedly withdrawn from some areas in the Syrian border town of Kobani amid U.S.-led air attacks.

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.