Islamic State insurgents pushed on with their assault on a Syrian border town on Thursday despite coalition air strikes meant to weaken them, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict.
Australian aircraft will join the US-led coalition in air strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq in an initial support role, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, ahead of a final decision to undertake bombing missions.
The US has
Air strikes hit Islamic State and other Islamist groups in eastern Syria early on Saturday, a monitoring group said, as a US-led coalition seeks to turn the tide against the militants who have captured swathes of Syria and northern Iraq.
French fighter jets struck targets in Iraq on Thursday, government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said.
"There were strikes in Iraq this morning," Le Foll said without giving any further details.
The strikes w
Saudi Arabia's air force participated in US-led bombing strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Syria, its official news agency said on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam, has
The US military struck an Islamic State target southwest of Baghdad, US Central Command said on Monday, in an expansion of the Obama administration's campaign against the militant group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and neighboring Sy
Israel bombed more of Gaza's tallest structures on Tuesday, bringing down a 13-storey apartment and office tower and destroying most of a 16-floor residential building after warning occupants to get out.
The Israeli military,
Israeli air strikes launched before dawn on Tuesday killed two Palestinians and destroyed much of one of Gaza's tallest apartment and office buildings, setting off huge explosions and wounding 20 people, Palestinian health officials said.
President Barack Obama told a recent interviewer he did not want the US military to become Iraq's air force. But he may have little choice.
Iraq had only a fledgling air force when the United States withdrew in 2011. Washingto
The US on Saturday conducted air strikes in Iraq against Islamic State fighters near the Kurdish capital of Arbil and the Mosul dam, the US Central Command said.
The Mosul dam, Iraq's biggest, fell under control of Islamic Sta