Syria

October 14, 2014

British journalist John Cantlie was kidnapped by militants while freelancing in Syria (Image: Screenshot)
16:03 GMT

The sister of kidnapped British hostage John Cantlie has made a heartfelt plea to Islamic State militants to "restart dialogue" with her family in order to secure his release.

Turkish soldiers sit in their tank overlooking Kobani on Oct. 11. AFP/Aris Messinis
10:50 GMT

Turkey's attacks on the PKK are the first since a peace process began last year.

The battle for Kobani has raged for a month. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT

IS militants are now reportedly in the center of Syria's Kobani, a strategically important border town.

The battle for Kobani is now a month long. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT

Fighting continues in Syria's Kobani after a lull on Sunday.

October 13, 2014

Islamic State militants have allegedly used chemical weapons in the border Syrian town of Kobani more than once (File/AFP)
12:02 GMT

Photographs have emerged of IS militants allegedly using chemical weapons against Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani, where fighting rages on.

Over 180,000 civilians have fled from the Syrian border town of Kobani in recent weeks (File/AFP)
10:00 GMT

The European Union issued $4.9 million in aid for over 180,000 displaced Syrians who have fled to Turkey after IS violence escalated in Kobani.

The Turkish government has been criticized for not doing enough to help the citizens of Kobani. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

Turkey will let a U.S.-led coalition use its bases to battle IS militants in Syria and Iraq.

October 12, 2014

Kurdish forces have been instrumental in the fight against IS extremists in both Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
20:12 GMT

Kurdish forces have stopped the advance of IS fighters in Syria's Kobani Sunday.

Millions of Syrians have fled the ongoing violence in their country. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Turkey closed the border with Syria on Sunday leaving thousands of people who had fled Kobani stranded in a minefield in no-man’s-land on the border.

As the fight inches closer to the Turkish border, the US urges Turkey to act while Kurdish forces urge the US to send more air power. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT

Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani requested heightened airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition. Despite strong defense, Kurdish fighters warn failed weapon requests and inaction from the Turkish government could mean the fall of Kobani to IS control.

Pro-kurdish demonstrators holding a giant flag as they gather on October 11, 2014 in Duesseldorf, north-western Germany, during a rally in solidarity with Kurds trapped in the northern Syrian city of Kobane. [AFP]
09:13 GMT

Thousands of Kurds in Britain and across Europe protest against the ISIS attack on Kobane as Turkey stubbornly refuses to help the besieged town.

October 11, 2014

Mourners in Suruc, Turkey bury Kurdish fighters killed battling IS jihadists for control of Kobani on Oct. 11. 
(AFP/Aris Messinis)
17:12 GMT

Outgunned by the more heavily armed IS attackers, Kurdish defenders were facing IS advances from two directions.

Iraqi Shi'a fighters from Tal Afar, loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, take part in a parade in the Shi'a shrine city of Karbala in central Iraq on October 2, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
11:00 GMT

Armed militias have increased their presence across Iraq as part of local and national attempts to combat advancing ISIS fighters.

Rebel fighters gather on the Syrian side of the Qalamun hills close to the Lebanese border in September. AFP/Wissam Al -Omor
07:44 GMT

Military posts were attacked by unidentified gunmen for the second day running.

October 10, 2014

Civilians watch smoke rise from the Kurdish city of Kobani in the distance, October 8th, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:52 GMT

Hundreds of civilians trapped in Kobani could be executed by the Islamic State if the extremist group gains complete control of the border town, the UN warned.