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Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town

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ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State militants, marking the semi-autonomous region's first military foray into Syria's war. | Video

Turkey's Erdogan says 200 Kurdish fighters from Iraq to enter Kobani 11:09am BST

RIGA - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday agreement had been reached on sending 200 Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq through Turkey to help defend the Syrian border town of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

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Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town 12:14am BST

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State militants, marking the semi-autonomous region's first military foray into Syria's war. | Video

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U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings 22 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - A U.S. federal jury found three American former Blackwater guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges on Wednesday and a fourth of murder in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle.

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Air strikes kill around 25 Islamic State fighters in Iraq - residents 22 Oct 2014

BAGHDAD - Coalition air strikes killed around 25 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday near the northern Iraqi city of Baiji, residents told Reuters.

Strikes hit Islamic State near Syrian border town, Iraqi dam - U.S. 22 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States conducted further air strikes against Islamic State forces on Tuesday and Wednesday, targeting the militant group near Iraq's Mosul Dam and the Syrian border town of Kobani, according to U.S. Central Command.

Iraqi Kurdistan parliament votes to send forces to Kobani 22 Oct 2014

ARBIL Iraq - Lawmakers in Iraq's Kurdistan region said on Wednesday they voted in favour of sending Kurdish forces to the besieged Syrian town of Kobani via Turkey.

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Islamic State advances against Yazidis on Iraq's Sinjar mountain 22 Oct 2014

ARBIL/BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq's Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed. | Video

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Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide - U.N. 22 Oct 2014

UNITED NATIONS - The campaign of Islamic State militants against Iraq's Yazidi minority may be attempted genocide, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic said on Tuesday.

U.S. may expand training role of Iraq military advisers 22 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - Any Iraqi request for more American military advisers or trainers to help the country's security forces fight Islamic State militants would be considered, senior U.S. officials said Tuesday.