Iraq

Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

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SURUC Turkey - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. | Video

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Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State 30 Oct 2014

SURUC Turkey - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. | Video

U.S. military says advisers needed in embattled Iraq province 30 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States needs to expand a limited advise-and-assist mission in Iraq into embattled Anbar province, where some Iraqi forces are isolated and in defensive positions against Islamic State, the top U.S. military officer said on Thursday.

Islamic State fighters kill 220 Iraqis from tribe that opposed them 30 Oct 2014

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe's opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said.

Hundreds of Iraqi tribesmen opposed to Islamic State found in mass graves 30 Oct 2014

BAGHDAD - The bodies of 150 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe which fought Islamic State have been found in a mass grave, security officials said on Thursday.

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First Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria's Kobani - monitoring group 30 Oct 2014

BEIRUT - The first Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani through the border crossing with Turkey on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. | Video

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Australia passes laws cracking down on foreign fighters 30 Oct 2014

SYDNEY - Australia passed laws on Thursday aimed at preventing young people from becoming radicalised and going to fight in overseas conflicts such as those in Iraq and Syria, where scores of Australians have joined militant groups.

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Iraqi forces advance in new bid to end Baiji refinery siege 29 Oct 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces said they advanced to within 2 km (1.2 miles) of the city of Baiji on Wednesday in a new offensive to retake the country's biggest oil refinery, besieged since June by Islamic State militants. | Video

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Kurdish convoy heads to Syria to take on Islamic State 29 Oct 2014

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - A convoy of peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq headed across southeastern Turkey on Wednesday towards the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break an Islamic State siege which has defied U.S.-led air strikes. | Video

Iraq's Abadi struggles to gain Sunni tribal support 29 Oct 2014

BAGHDAD - When Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took office, he was regarded as a moderate Shi'ite leader who could win over powerful Sunni tribal chiefs to the fight against Islamic State.