A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied US air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.
Last week British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond said the struggle against Islamic State was “effectively Iraq’s last chance as nation state.”
That somber assessment followed his visit to Iraq a few days earli
Islamic State is still extracting and selling oil in Syria and has adapted its trading techniques despite a month of strikes by US-led forces aimed at cutting off this major source of income for the group, residents, oil executives and traders s
Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said.
It was the first time the militant group had taken to the air, it said.
The effectiveness of the US-led coalition effort in Syria is under scrutiny as Islamic State fighters try to overrun a strategic Syrian town on Turkey's border.
The United States and its allies, including Gulf states, have con
Street fighting raged between Kurdish defenders and Islamic State militants who advanced into Kobani on Monday after subjecting the Syrian border town to an assault lasting almost three weeks, residents and fighters said.
The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that US Vice President Joe Biden had apologised to the Abu Dhabi crown prince for "any implications" in a speech he made last week that the UAE had supported Islamist militants in Syria.
The decision by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to join air strikes in Syria reflects an increasingly muscular foreign policy by the Gulf Arab heavyweights that has already started to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East.
US warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, in raids that a group monitoring the war said killed civilians as well as jihadist fighters.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hi
New US-led air strikes against Islamic State fighters failed to stop them from pressing their assault on a strategic Syrian town near the Turkish border on Saturday, hitting it with shell fire for the first time.
The US Central Co