Kerry to seek help on Islamic State

Oct 20, 2014

Kerry to seek help on Islamic State

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Indonesia on Monday to attend Joko Widodo’s presidential inauguration and press Southeast Asian nations to step up their efforts in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group. Kerry is among foreign dignitaries visiting Jakarta for ...

Jihadists believed taking heavy losses in battle for Syria's Kobani

Oct 20, 2014

Jihadists believed taking heavy losses in battle for Syria's Kobani

The Islamic State group was taking heavy losses in the Syrian battleground of Kobani Sunday as Iraqi forces fought the jihadists buoyed by U.S. backing for top government security appointments. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the appointment of defense and interior ministers ...

Oct 19, 2014

Kurds thwart new jihadist bid to cut off Syria town

Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobani repulsed a new attempt by Islamic State fighters to cut off the border with Turkey Saturday as troops battled the jihadists in neighboring Iraq. It came as the U.S. military said it had unleashed 25 more ...

Oct 17, 2014

Kurds hold out in Syria's Kobani one month into Islamic State assault

Kurdish fighters backed by a flurry of U.S.-led airstrikes were still holding out Thursday against jihadists in Kobani as an Islamic State offensive on the Syrian border town entered its second month. The militants have also been beaten back this week from Amriyat al-Fallujah, ...

As Kobani battle rages, Syrian Kurds feel abandoned

Oct 15, 2014

As Kobani battle rages, Syrian Kurds feel abandoned

Kneeling over his brother’s fresh grave, Ali Mehmud gathered clumps of dirt in his hands, raised them to his lips to kiss them, then softly placed them back on the small mound. His brother, Seydo, a truck driver and father of four from the ...

Jihadists fight way into center of Syria border town Kobani

Oct 14, 2014

Jihadists fight way into center of Syria border town Kobani

Jihadists fought their way into central Kobani in heavy clashes with the Syrian border town’s Kurdish defenders Monday, ahead of a Washington meeting of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group. The breakthrough saw Islamic State claim half of Kobani, nearly a month ...

Oct 13, 2014

U.S. says Turkey OKs use of its bases against Islamic State militants

Turkey will let U.S. and coalition forces use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border for operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, American defense officials said Sunday. The Obama administration had pressed Turkey for a ...

Kurds thwart Islamic State in Kobani but jihadists on offensive in Iraq

Oct 13, 2014

Kurds thwart Islamic State in Kobani but jihadists on offensive in Iraq

Islamic State jihadists met dogged Kurdish resistance Sunday in the high-profile Syrian battleground town of Kobane but in Iraq they put forces under strong pressure, prompting U.S.-led relief drops. A roadside bomb killed the police chief in Iraq’s Anbar province, between Baghdad and the ...