Jan 22, 2015

Kurdish forces launch push against Islamic State in northern Iraq

Kurdish security forces launched an offensive on the Islamic State group in northern Iraq Wednesday, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, and retook villages the jihadis used to launch attacks, officials said. The Kurdistan Regional Security Council said peshmerga forces, who began a “large-scale offensive” around ...

Islamic State group losing ground in symbolic Kobani battle

Jan 15, 2015

Islamic State group losing ground in symbolic Kobani battle

With more than a thousand militants killed and territory slipping away, the Islamic State group is losing its grip on the Syrian border town of Kobani under intense U.S.-led airstrikes and astonishingly stiff resistance by Kurdish fighters. It is a stunning reversal for the ...

Iraq, Turkey pledge to join hands to fight Islamic State jihadists

Dec 26, 2014

Iraq, Turkey pledge to join hands to fight Islamic State jihadists

Iraq and Turkey on Thursday pledged to join forces to fight Islamic State insurgents who are holding swaths of Iraq and Syria. “ISIS threatens not only Iraq’s and Turkey’s security but the entire region,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi told a joint news conference ...

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 ...

Iraqi Kurds say they have secured route to besieged Sinjar mountain

Dec 19, 2014

Iraqi Kurds say they have secured route to besieged Sinjar mountain

Kurdish peshmerga fighters have secured a route to Iraq’s Sinjar mountain, where hundreds of people had been trapped by Islamic State fighters, Masrour Barzani, head of the Iraqi Kurdish region’s national security council, said on Thursday. “The peshmerga have managed to reach the mountain. ...

Nov 27, 2014

Iraqi forces battle Islamic State jihadists in Ramadi, Kirkuk

Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen were battling Wednesday to defend the governor’s office in Anbar province capital Ramadi from an attack by the Islamic State jihadist group, officers said. Kurdish peshmerga forces also engaged in hours of heavy fighting in Kirkuk province in ...

Nov 24, 2014

Iraqi forces retake ground from jihadists, officers report

Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters on Sunday retook areas near the Iranian border that the Islamic State jihadist group had held for months, officers said. The operation, launched early Sunday northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province, is the latest in a series of ...

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 ...

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 ...

Peshmerga head for Syria's Kobani to fight Islamic State

Oct 29, 2014

Peshmerga head for Syria's Kobani to fight Islamic State

Heavily armed Kurdish peshmerga fighters set off from their base in northern Iraq Tuesday to support militia forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani from the Islamic State group. Military trucks loaded with weapons departed from the base northeast of the Iraqi Kurdish ...