October 6, 2014
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.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attended Eid al-Adha prayers on Saturday in a rare public appearance at a mosque in Damascus.
Eight air strikes hit the Tabqa military airport in the Raqqa province, which militant group the Islamic State took control of earlier this year.
October 3, 2014
British aid worker Alan Henning has been beheaded in the latest Islamic State propaganda video released late Friday, although it has not yet been independently verified.
Australia is due to send fighter jets to bomb Islamic State targets in northern Iraq within days after the country's government approved military action alongside the U.S.-led coalition.
Thousands of Syrian Kurds continue to flee into Turkey.