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 ...

U.S. airdrops, Turkey boost Kurd battle against jihadists

Oct 21, 2014

U.S. airdrops, Turkey boost Kurd battle against jihadists

Kurds battling jihadists for the Syrian border town of Kobani welcomed a first U.S. airdrop of weapons Monday as neighboring Turkey said it will help Iraqi Kurds to support the fight. In an apparent bid to cut Kobani off from Turkey, two suicide car ...

Egypt warplanes hit Libya militias, officials say

Oct 16, 2014

Egypt warplanes hit Libya militias, officials say

Egypt is deepening its involvement in the fight against Islamist militias who have taken over key parts of Libya, with officials saying Egyptian warplanes have bombed their positions in the eastern city of Benghazi. The two officials, who have firsthand knowledge of the operation, ...

Oct 15, 2014

Conflicts the Kurds are currently involved in

Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran all have large Kurdish minorities seeking varying degrees of autonomy from central government after decades of state repression. Here is an overview of their status. History Kurds are a non-Arab, mainly Sunni Muslim people, speaking a language related to ...

Istanbul rattled by signs of support for Islamic State

Oct 15, 2014

Istanbul rattled by signs of support for Islamic State

Istanbul University student Aysegul Korkut is outraged by the images coming out of Syria. But these days the Islamic State group’s horrors seem closer to home: She recently faced off against masked supporters of the brutal militants on her own campus. “I couldn’t understand ...

Obama to meet with allies on Islamic State fight

Oct 15, 2014

Obama to meet with allies on Islamic State fight

President Barack Obama and his military commanders were set to meet Tuesday with defense chiefs from more than 20 nations participating in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. The daylong meeting comes as the White House tries to tout ...

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 ...