Syria

October 6, 2014

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.

Photos of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared on the country's state media Twitter feed Saturday morning. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attended Eid al-Adha prayers on Saturday in a rare public appearance at a mosque in Damascus.

The U.S.-led coalition began targeting Islamic State locations across Iraq and Syria last month (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

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

Alan Henning was captured by militants while he was working as an aid worker in Syria, December 2013 (File/AFP)
23:17 GMT

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.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said total victory over IS would be difficult to achieve, echoing Barack Obama's comments (File/AFP)
13:45 GMT

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.

Turkey currently hosts nearly 1.5 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Thousands of Syrian Kurds continue to flee into Turkey.