Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria, U.N. says

Oct 1, 2014

Islamic State forcing thousands to flee Syria, U.N. says

The U.N humanitarian chief on Tuesday said tens of thousands of people are fleeing Syria as the Islamic State militant group expands its grip on large parts of the country despite a U.S.-led airstrike campaign. Valerie Amos said tens of thousands more could flee ...

Oct 1, 2014

Turkey says Islamic State forces encircling its Syria exclave

Turkey on Tuesday said Islamic State militants were advancing on a tiny exclave considered Turkish territory in northern Syria, but insisted it was still in control of the land despite reports its guards there were encircled. The tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of ...

Turkey 'can't stay out' of anti-IS fight: Erdogan

Sep 29, 2014

Turkey 'can't stay out' of anti-IS fight: Erdogan

Turkey cannot stay out of the international coalition fighting Islamic State jihadists, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, as Ankara prepares in the coming week to define its military involvement. Turkey has for months frustrated the West with its cautious position against IS, but ...

Kurdish forces push back Islamic State in northern Syria

Sep 25, 2014

Kurdish forces push back Islamic State in northern Syria

Kurdish forces in northern Syria pushed back an advance by Islamic State fighters toward a strategic town on the Turkish border Thursday and appealed for U.S.-led airstrikes to target the insurgents’ tanks and heavy armaments. Islamic State launched a new offensive to try to ...

Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

Sep 23, 2014

Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government to step up efforts to ...

Turkey says 49 hostages kidnapped by Islamic State are freed

Sep 20, 2014

Turkey says 49 hostages kidnapped by Islamic State are freed

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday that 49 Turkish hostages who were seized by Islamic militants in Iraq have been freed and safely returned to Turkey, ending Ankara’s most serious hostage crisis. The Turks, including diplomatic staff, were seized from the consulate on ...