Members of the Syrian Kurdish YPG celebrate recapturing the  town of  Kobani, Syria, near the Turkish border. Photograph: EPA/STR

Kurdish forces have taken full control of the Syrian town of Kobani, driving out remaining Islamic State fighters to end a four-month battle that beca(...)

An airstrike from US-led coalition in the city of Kobani, Syria, in November. Islamic State laid siege to Kobani, in September.  The fighting continues with most residents having fled but the city is being defended by the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Last September nine Arab states agreed at a meeting in Jeddah to join the US-led military campaign against Islamic State jihadis in Iraq and Syria, bu(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk (left) welcomes Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu ahead of a meeting in Brussels on January 15th.  Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Turkey’s prime minister compared his Israeli counterpart Binyamin Netanyahu to the terrorists who killed 17 people in Paris last week, as the Europea(...)

Still from passport control CCTV at an Istanbul airport believed to show Hayat Boumeddiene, who is allegedly connected to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. Photograph: Haberturk/EPA 0:57

With the minimum of fuss or difficulty, Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of French Islamist Amedy Coulibaly, crossed the French border into Spain on (...)

Police officers stand guard at the scene of a bomb blast in Istanbul yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Osman Orsal

A female suicide bomber attacked a police station in a historic district of Istanbul on Tuesday, killing one officer and wounding another.According t(...)

Smoke raises on November 23rd last in  central Kobani, where buildings have been damaged in months of fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces. File photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Turkey’s main Kurdish party accused the government of turning a blind eye to Islamic State militants on its soil on Saturday after suicide bombers att(...)

Kurdish refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani in a refugee camp  the Turkish town of Suruc yesterday. Turkey has warned of  a further wave of refugees. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Syrian forces are committing massacres in and around Syria’s second city, Aleppo, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu claimed yesterday.As US warpl(...)

An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga soldier   on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/AP

News of the deployment at the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani of 150 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga militiamen and 52 fighters claiming connections with the (...)

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrive in southeastern Turkey early today ahead of their planned deployment to the Syrian town of Kobani to help fellow Kurds repel an Islamic State advance which has defied US-led air strikes. Photograph: Reuters

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters and weaponry has made its way across southeastern Turkey en route for the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fe(...)

A miner leaves the mine as they search miners after an explosion near Soma in Turkey in May. Today, 18 miners became trapped in a coal mine  in Ermenek in Karaman province. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Hopes were fading tonight that 18 miners who were trapped in a flooded coal mine in southern Turkey would be rescued. Rescue teams, including divers, (...)