Fresh claims emerge of Islamic State fighters using chlorine bombs

Oct 25, 2014

Fresh claims emerge of Islamic State fighters using chlorine bombs

New allegations have emerged that extremists from the Islamic State group have expanded their arsenal with chlorine bombs and captured fighter jets — weapons that could help the militants in Iraq and Syria. Kurdish fighters in the key Syrian border town of Kobani have ...

Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani via Turkey

Oct 23, 2014

Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani via Turkey

Lawmakers in Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region voted Wednesday to authorize sending Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga to help defend the embattled town of Kobani in Syria, where fellow Kurds are facing an onslaught by militants of the Islamic State group. Kurdish officials said ...

Oct 22, 2014

Iraqi Kurdish fighters poised to deploy in hours for Kobani battle

Iraqi Kurdish fighters will be deployed to Kobani within hours to bolster the town’s defenders in their battle against Islamic State, a senior Iraqi Kurdish official with knowledge of the operation said. The reinforcements will remain under the command of the Kurdish Regional Government ...

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, ...