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Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

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SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighbouring Turkey.

White House says Syria strategy working, policy on Assad clear 3:35pm GMT

WASHINGTON - The White House and Pentagon sought to portray a unified stance on Syria on Friday after reports that a memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticized U.S. strategy as fuzzy on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Kurds' battle for Kobani unites a people divided by borders 11:00am GMT

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.

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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).

Timeline: recent developments in Syria