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 ...

Kurds thwart new Islamic State push to cut off Syria's Kobani

Oct 27, 2014

Kurds thwart new Islamic State push to cut off Syria's Kobani

Kurdish forces thwarted a new attempt Sunday by Islamic State group fighters to cut off the Syrian town of Kobani from the border with Turkey before Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements can deploy. The predawn assault marked the fourth straight day the jihadists had attacked the ...

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 ...