Middle East

553 fighters, 32 civilians killed

American and Saudi warplanes targeted seven sites around Kobane.

Air strikes by US-led forces have reportedly killed 553 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria.

Jewish settlers' inroads in E.Jerusalem

Israeli guards stand on the balcony of a house purchased by Jews in Silwan on Monday.

Jewish settlers are acquiring property in the heart of Arab east Jerusalem through a series of shady deals.

Isis intercepts US arms drop

A pallet of weapons apparently meant for Kurdish defenders is seen in an Isis video

Islamic State militants are thanking America for a pallet of weapons, including hand grenades and RPGs.

Aus runaway appears on IS video

ISIS militants posing with the trademark Jihadists flag after they allegedly seized an Iraqi army checkpoint in the northern province of Salahuddin.

An Australian teenage runaway has warned Prime Minister Tony Abbott jihadists won't stop until the IS flag flies above every nation.

Tribe plots revenge after massacre

SUPPORTER: A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa.

The Syrian tribesmen were killed via beheadings, mass shootings and a crucifixion. Now they want vengance.

Libya parliament allies with renegade general

Tripoli has seen heavy fighting between rival militias

Libya's beleaguered elected parliament has declared a formal alliance with a renegade former general, as it tries to assert authority over the country.

Foreign boots ruled out

'No ground forces from any superpower, international coalition or regional power will fight here': Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Iraqi PM rules out any foreign ground intervention to assist government forces in retaking territory lost to jihadists.

US airdrops arms to rebels

Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town of Kobani from near the Mursitpinar border crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian border

US military drops arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants near Kobani, its first acknowledgment it has delivered lethal aid to the rebels.

PM ramps up talk of troops in Iraq

KEY: "New Zealand troops physically fighting ISIS is at the very outer edge of what I would want to consider".

NZ troops could soon follow Australian counterparts to Iraq to train Iraqi security forces in the fight against Islamic State.

Workers sprayed with petrol


Court hears New Zealander sprayed petrol on Dubai office employees in attempted robbery.

Isis advance on Kobani halted

Smoke rises above buildings after Islamic State militants hit Syrian town of Kobani with a mortar fire.

US airstrikes have caused an abrupt reversal in Isis' fortunes, with fighters "paralysed, not able to move".

How to cover the Islamic State

Islamic State fighters waving the group's flag from a damaged display of a government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria.

As Islamic State militants expanded their territory, an order came down: Grab any non-Muslim foreigner you can find.

Islamic State retreats

KOBANI: Still a city under seige.

The advance of Islamic State forces on the Syrian city of Kobani has stalled, with the militants forced to retreat.

IS may have warplanes video

Islamic State fighters waving the group's flag from a damaged display of a government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria.

Syrian activists say the Islamic State militant group has captured some MiG fighter jets and is test-flying them.

US strikes near Kobani

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border.

Fighter aircraft launched six air strikes on Islamic State positions near Kobani, Syria.

Next year in Berlin?

An Israeli asks Germany's chancellor for a visa in a photo published on a Facebook page.

 A group of young Israeli expats have unleashed controversy back home by encouraging others to join them in Germany.

IS fight dubbed 'Operation Inherent Resolve'


The Pentagon has finally given a name to the international military effort against Islamic State militants: "Operation Inherent Resolve."

Kurds working with US coalition on IS targets

STRIKE ZONE: Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, after one of the US-led forces 21 airstrikes against Islamic State militants.

The US and its allies have dramatically stepped up air strikes in the past two days near the frontline Syrian town of Kobani.

Death penalty charges filed


A US jury issued a new indictment that includes a possible death penalty against a suspected Libyan militant.

IS buying and selling women

Islamic State jihadists say they sell enslaved Yazidi women for as little as $US1000 ($1142) to use as concubines.

Islamic State boasts that it had enslaved women from an Iraqi minority group in order to use them as concubines.

Egypt accident leaves 30 dead


Thirty people have been killed and 15 injured after three minibuses collided in Egypt.

Iraqi plea for US troops

An Iraqi military vehicle burns after an attack by Islamic State militants in Anbar province last weekend.

An Iraqi provincial leader has issued a plea for US ground forces to head off total collapse in the country's largest province.

Kerry pushes for Mideast peace video

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the Gaza international donors conference in Cairo October 12, 2014.

 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Sunday for a renewed commitment to achieving Middle East peace.

IS claims suicide attacks

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 12, 2014.

Islamic State militants struck with deadly bombings in Iraq, killing dozens of Kurds and assassinating a provincial police commander.

Car bombs kill 25 in Iraq

Iraqi civilians gather the morning after a car bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, on October 9, 2014.

Three car bombs have killed 25 people at a government compound near Baquba city in Iraq.

'Please don't behead my friend'

A masked man stands next to a kneeling man identified as American Abdul-Rahman Kassig.

OPINION: In the stream of do-gooders attracted by the Syrian conflict, Peter Kassig stood out.

Car bombs across Baghdad kill 38 people

Baghdad blast

A series of car bomb attacks in Iraq's capital kill 38 people in Shiite areas after Islamic militants killed a local TV journalist.

Kurdish fighters not giving up in Kobani

FIGHT ZONE: Smoke rises in the Syrian town of Kobani as Turkish Kurds watch near the border crossing with Syria.

Kurdish militiamen are putting up a fierce fight to defend a Syrian town near the border with Turkey but are struggling to repel the Islamic State group.

Thousands 'will most likely be massacred'

Smoke rises during air strikes on Kobane, viewed from the Turkish-Syrian border, as coalition fighter jets increase attacks on Islamic State positions.

Thousands of people "will most likely be massacred" if Kobane falls to Islamic State fighters, a UN envoy said on Friday, as militants fought deeper into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town in full view of Turkish tanks that have done nothing to intervene.

Thousands 'likely massacred' if Kobani falls

BATTLE ZONE: Smoke rises after an US-led air strike in Kobani.

Thousands of people "will most likely be massacred" if Kobani falls to Islamic State fighters, a UN envoy said.

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