Iraq

Insight - U.S. scouts for Sunni allies on the ground in Iraq

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By Oliver Holmes, Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Jason Szep and Ned Parker

U.S. partners unclear on roles in fight against Islamic State 2:25am BST

- Many countries have said they support a coalition the United States hopes to build to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, but most have been vague about any specific role they might play.

Turkish military weighs 'buffer zone' against Iraq, Syria threats - media 1:44am BST

ANKARA - Turkey's military is drawing up plans for a possible "buffer zone" on the country's southern border, where it faces a threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Turkish media quoted President Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Monday.

U.S. partners unclear on roles in fight against Islamic State 12:45am BST

- Many countries have said they support a coalition the United States hopes to build to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, but most have been vague about any specific role they might play.

Turkish military weighs "buffer zone" against Iraq, Syria threats-media 15 Sep 2014

ANKARA - Turkey's military is drawing up plans for a possible "buffer zone" on the country's southern border, where it faces a threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Turkish media quoted President Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Monday.

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Insight - Syria's 'moderate' rebels say they need weapons, not training 15 Sep 2014

JEDDAH Saudi Arabia - As President Barack Obama knits together an international coalition to take its campaign against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria, fighters like Ammar al-Wawi could make the difference.

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Iraq's Allawi endorses PM, says will help win over Sunnis 14 Sep 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Vice President Iyad Allawi endorsed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday, a move that will be seen as a step towards reconciliation in a political system that desperately needs to rebuild to allow Baghdad to fight Islamic State.

Qatar-based cleric criticises US role against Islamic State 14 Sep 2014

DUBAI - A Sunni Muslim cleric at the centre of a diplomatic rift among Gulf Arab states has criticised Washington's role in the campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria as purely self-interested.

Islamic State executes eight Sunnis in northern Iraq 14 Sep 2014

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants publicly executed eight Sunni men in a small northern Iraqi village at the weekend for allegedly plotting against the group, an eyewitness from the village told Reuters on Sunday.

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Australia answers U.S. call to join coalition fighting Islamic State 14 Sep 2014

PERTH Australia - Australia became the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, as Washington drums up support for global action to counter the terrorist threat. | Video