Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town


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

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.

Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. weapons airdrop on Kobani was wrong 22 Oct 2014

ANKARA - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was wrong of the United States to air drop military supplies to Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobani, as some weapons were seized by Islamic State militants besieging it.

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.

UK anti-terrorism police arrest two over Syria-linked offences 22 Oct 2014

LONDON - British police arrested a woman and a man on Wednesday on suspicion of terrorism offences related to the ongoing civil war in Syria, the latest arrests in recent weeks amid warnings of a growing threat from Islamist militants.

Syria says shoots down two of three Islamic State jets 22 Oct 2014

BEIRUT - Syria's air force has destroyed two fighter jets operated by Islamic State militants in the north of the country, Information Minister Omran Zoabi said in remarks published on Syria's state news agency SANA late on Tuesday.

Kurdish fighters received vast majority of U.S. supply drop - Pentagon 21 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said on Tuesday the vast majority of military supplies air dropped near the Syrian city of Kobani had reached the Kurdish fighters they were intended to help, despite an online video showing Islamic State militants with a bundle.


Iran supreme leader blames West for Islamic State rise, wants regional solution 21 Oct 2014

DUBAI - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Western powers on Tuesday for the rise of Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq and Syria and said they had no business tampering with the region's geopolitics.

Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism - U.N. 21 Oct 2014

UNITED NATIONS - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence.


Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again 21 Oct 2014

BAGHDAD - In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad.

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Funeral for Kurd fighters killed in Kobani

Turkish Kurds hold funerals for those killed from fighting against Islamic State militants the Syrian town of Kobani. Yiming Woo reports.

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