Syria

Kurds' battle for Kobani unites a people divided by borders

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ARBIL Iraq - Cloaked in Kurdish flags, thousands of people lined the roads to cheer on a military convoy headed for what was -- until recently -- an obscure Syrian border town, now the focus of a global war against the militants of Islamic State.

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Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State 1:16am GMT

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

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Situation in Syria is 'appalling,' getting worse - U.N. 30 Oct 2014

UNITED NATIONS - The humanitarian crisis in Syria is getting worse as all parties to the war, including forces aligned with the government and Islamic State militants, show "callous disregard" for millions of suffering civilians, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Syrian air strikes kill over 200 civilians in 10 days - monitor 30 Oct 2014

BEIRUT - Bombing runs by the Syrian air force over the past 10 days have killed at least 221 civilians, a third of them children, a group monitoring Syria's civil war said on Thursday.

Islamic State claims to have seized gas field from Syrian army 30 Oct 2014

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters in Syria claimed on Thursday to have taken control of a gas field in the central province of Homs after battles with government forces.

Lebanese army detains 50 in north after weekend clashes 30 Oct 2014

BEIRUT - Lebanese troops detained 50 people in raids on towns and Syrian refugee camps in the north of the country, the army said on Thursday, part of a security crackdown after battles with Islamist gunmen over the weekend.

Situation in Syria is 'appalling', getting worse - U.N. 30 Oct 2014

UNITED NATIONS - The humanitarian crisis in Syria is getting worse as all parties to the war, including forces aligned with the government and Islamic State militants, show "callous disregard" for millions of suffering civilians, the United Nations said on Thursday.

German man charged with murder, membership of Syrian 'terror group' 30 Oct 2014

BERLIN - A 27-year-old German man has been charged with membership of a "terrorist organisation", murder and incitement to murder during the Syrian conflict, the federal prosecutor's office said.

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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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Kurdish convoy arrives at Syrian border to battle Islamic State

A convoy of Iraqi Peshmerga fighters arrives at the Turkish border to help fellow Kurds battling against Islamic State militants. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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