In Islamic State-held Sinjar, Iraqi Kurds face harsh resistance

Dec 23, 2014

In Islamic State-held Sinjar, Iraqi Kurds face harsh resistance

Iraqi Kurdish forces forged ahead with their assault Monday on a militant-held town in northern Iraq, but encountered heavy resistance from Islamic State fighters whose snipers fired at the attackers and who used burning tires to create a smoke screen against coalition airstrikes. The ...

Iraqi Kurds push into contested northern town of Sinjar

Dec 22, 2014

Iraqi Kurds push into contested northern town of Sinjar

With coalition warplanes circling overhead, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months. The battle for Sinjar and the surrounding areas has become the ...

Dec 18, 2014

Islamic State jihadists kidnap two Kurdish reporters in Syria

Militants from the Islamic State group have abducted two reporters working for the Iraq-based Kurdish TV channel Rudaw in northeastern Syria, the network announced Wednesday. Rudaw said Farhad Hamo and Massoud Aqeel were kidnapped Monday on the road between the city of Qamishli and ...

Islamic State jihadists suffer heavy losses in Kobani

Dec 1, 2014

Islamic State jihadists suffer heavy losses in Kobani

Islamic State group jihadists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobani suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and U.S.-led airstrikes, monitors said Sunday. At least 50 jihadists were killed in the embattled border town in suicide ...

Nov 25, 2014

Two Britons fighting alongside Kurds against Islamic State: U.K. media

At least two Britons are among around 15 Westerners fighting in Syria alongside Kurdish guerrillas against the Islamic State group, according to British media. The Observer newspaper reported that Jamie Read, from North Lanarkshire in Scotland, and James Hughes, from Reading in central England, ...

Peshmerga open new offensive in Iraq against Islamic State

Nov 20, 2014

Peshmerga open new offensive in Iraq against Islamic State

Kurdish forces, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, launched a new offensive Wednesday targeting the Islamic State group in areas of Iraq that the extremists had captured this past summer. The operation came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said details haven’t been finalized for a ...

Islamic State casualties mount in Kobani amid war of attrition

Nov 18, 2014

Islamic State casualties mount in Kobani amid war of attrition

Islamic State casualties in the Syrian city of Kobani are mounting in a war of attrition with Kurdish fighters, according to a rights monitor and analysts. More than 1,150 people, including at least 712 members of Islamic State, have been killed in clashes there ...

Some Kurds helping Islamic State militants in battle for Kobani

Nov 5, 2014

Some Kurds helping Islamic State militants in battle for Kobani

Ethnic Kurds are helping members of the Islamic State group in the battle for the key Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, sharing their knowledge of the local terrain and language with the extremists, according to Iraqi and Kurdish officials. It is not clear how ...

Syrian rebels enter Kobani from Turkey to fight with Kurds

Oct 30, 2014

Syrian rebels enter Kobani from Turkey to fight with Kurds

For the first time since the Islamic State group launched an offensive on the Syrian border town of Kobani last month, a small group of Syrian rebels on Wednesday entered the embattled town from Turkey in a push to help Kurdish fighters there battle ...