Turkey struggles with spillover as Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State


MURSITPINAR Turkey - Syrian Kurds battled to defend a key border town from an Islamic State advance on Monday as Kurdish youths from neighboring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist insurgents. | Video

Kurds say they have halted Islamic State advance on Syrian town

BEIRUT - Syrian Kurdish fighters have halted an advance by Islamic State fighters to the east of a predominantly Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, a spokesman for the main armed Kurdish group said. | Video

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Islamic State closes in on Syrian town, refugees flood into Turkey

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - Islamic State militants tightened their noose on a northern Syrian border town on Sunday as the United Nations said the number of Syrian Kurds fleeing into neighbouring Turkey may have topped 100,000 and was likely to go much higher. | Video

World, United Nations, Syria 21 Sep 2014

Turkey says no ransom paid for release of hostages held by Islamic State

ISTANBUL - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday no ransom had been paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State but he declined to be drawn on whether their release freed Turkey's hand to take a more active stance against the insurgents.

World, Syria 21 Sep 2014

Syrian refugee flight to Turkey one of the worst since war began: U.N.

ANKARA - Turkey is facing one of the biggest influxes of refugees from neighboring Syria since the war there began more than three years ago, the United Nations' refugee agency said on Sunday, as civilians continued to flee clashes between Islamic State (IS) militants and Kurdish forces.

World, United Nations, Syria 21 Sep 2014

About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance

SURUC Turkey - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border. | Video

World, Syria 20 Sep 2014

Turkey secures release of hostages held by Islamic State

ANKARA - Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation. | Video

World, Iraq, Syria 20 Sep 2014

Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighboring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance.

World, Syria, 18 Sep 2014

Turkey urges more information sharing on foreign jihadists

BERLIN - Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday called for a greater exchange of information with other states to prevent jihadists entering his country and traveling on to Iraq or Syria to join Islamic State militants.

World, Syria, Iraq 18 Sep 2014

Turkey announces strategy to bolster EU accession bid

ANKARA - Turkey said on Thursday crises in the Middle East and elsewhere made closer co-operation between Ankara and the European Union essential and announced a new program to revive the country's stalled drive for EU membership.

World, 18 Sep 2014

Ukrainians to pull back big guns from front line with separatists

KIEV - Ukraine's military said on Monday it was pulling back artillery and heavy armor from the front line with separatists, backing President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan for a conflict that has cost more than 3,000 lives.