The United States and France have conducted airstrikes against "Islamic State" (IS) militants in Kobani and in northern Iraq, as the US began supplying Kurdish forces with weapons in the fight against IS.
Ankara has said it would help Kurdish Peshmerga fighters travel to the border city of Kobani to fight the "Islamic State" jihadists. Meanwhile, the US has defended its airdrops to the city as a "moral" obligation.
Kurdish fighters in the Syrian city of Kobani are "hoping for more support" following a US weapons airdrop. In Kobani, forces continue to battle to keep the "Islamic State" from gaining control of the city.
The US has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the city of Kobani from the "Islamic State." The move could anger NATO ally Turkey, which opposes arming Kurdish militias.
A suicide bomber has killed at least 15 people and injured many more at a funeral in Baghdad. Separately, Iraqi forces are fighting for control of a key town near a major oil refinery.
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Australia says it has reached an agreement with Baghdad for deployment of its special forces to support Iraqi troops in their fight against the terror group "Islamic State." The forces will serve in an advisory capacity.
Washington and Ankara have spoken about their fight against "Islamic State" militants in Syria. A US-led alliance has conducted more airstrikes as Kurdish fighters take on a jihadist effort to isolate the town of Kobani.
It's a nightmare scenario: "Islamic State" militants may hold chemical weapons, leftover grenades which they could have uncovered in Iraq. While dangerous, they are probably not suitable for large scale warfare.
Syrian Kurds have fended off a new attempt by "Islamic State" militants to cut off the city of Kobani. The jihadist group reportedly suffered heavy losses in the assault.
Lebanon has severely trimmed entry to refugees from Syria. The move, signaled by Lebanese Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas, bears out previous UN warnings that Lebanon is overwhelmed and needs international help.
Iraq's parliament has ended a six-week impasse by approving a Sunni Muslim as defense minister and a Shiite as interior minister. The more inclusive Cabinet could boost Iraq's fight against Islamist insurgents.
Increased US airstrikes have not been able to stop the advance of "Islamic State" militants. In a DW interview, David Ignatius of The Washington Post is skeptical of the current US strategy.
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