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Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

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SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - 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 U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. | Video

Hundreds of Iraqi tribesmen opposed to Islamic State found in mass graves

BAGHDAD - The bodies of 150 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe which fought Islamic State have been found in a mass grave, security officials said on Thursday.

World, 9:01am EDT

First Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria's Kobani: monitoring group

BEIRUT - The first Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the beseiged Syrian town of Kobani through the border crossing with Turkey on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. | Video

World, Turkey, Syria, 7:24am EDT

Kurdish convoy heads to Syria to take on Islamic State

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - A convoy of peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq headed across southeastern Turkey on Wednesday towards the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break an Islamic State siege which has defied U.S.-led air strikes. | Video

U.S. says working with Iraqi Kurdistan to stop Islamic State oil smuggling

SINGAPORE - The United States is working closely with the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government to clamp down on oil smuggling in a bid to cut off a key source of funding for Islamic State, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

World, Syria 1:41am EDT

Australia passes laws cracking down on foreign fighters

SYDNEY - Australia passed laws on Thursday aimed at preventing young people from becoming radicalized and going to fight in overseas conflicts such as those in Iraq and Syria, where scores of Australians have joined militant groups.

Kurdish convoy heads to Syria to take on Islamic State

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - A convoy of peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq headed across southeastern Turkey on Wednesday towards the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break an Islamic State siege which has defied U.S.-led air strikes. | Video

Iraq's Abadi struggles to gain Sunni tribal support

BAGHDAD - When Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took office, he was regarded as a moderate Shi'ite leader who could win over powerful Sunni tribal chiefs to the fight against Islamic State.

World, 29 Oct 2014

Iraqi forces advance in new bid to end Baiji refinery siege

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces said they advanced to within 2 km (1.2 miles) of the city of Baiji on Wednesday in a new offensive to retake the country's biggest oil refinery, besieged since June by Islamic State militants.

World, 29 Oct 2014

Iraqi peshmerga fighters head for Syria to fight Islamic State

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey - Iraqi peshmerga fighters headed for the Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday to help fellow Kurds repel an Islamic State advance that has defied U.S.-led air strikes and become an important test of the coalition's ability to combat the Sunni insurgents. | Video

World, Syria, 28 Oct 2014