A flag depicting Abdullah Öcalan, founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Washington’s Kurdish allies face the threat of Turkish invasion and occupation of the border zone they rule in Syria once US troops pull out of that c(...)

  Iraqi security forces  drive insurgents out of Jurf al-Sakhar, where at least 27 Shia militiamen died in a suicide bomb attack. Photograph: Reuters

A suicide bomber has killed at least 27 Shia militiamen on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Jurf al-Sakhar after security forces pushed Islamic Stat(...)

Kurdish women kin Suruc, Turkey, carry the coffin of one of four Kurdish female fighters killed during clashes against Islamic State fighters across the Syrian border in Kobani. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

“Ahin” was just 20 years old when she joined the Kurdish peshmerga forces.She had finished her baccalaureate exams in 2011 when protests against the g(...)

A picture taken from Turkey shows Islamic State (IS) flags displayed by militants in the east of Syrian Kobani city, at the Syria-Turkey border near Sanliurfa. Photograph: EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Street fighting raged between Kurdish defenders and Islamic State militants who advanced into Kobani today after subjecting the Syrian border town to (...)

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, as Turkish soldiers stand guard on the Turkish side in Sanliurfa province. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Islamist militants attacking a Syrian border town fought some of their heaviest battles so far with Kurdish forces today, a local official said, and f(...)

Turkish soldiers watch over the Syrian town of Kobani as they take position near Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border today. Photograph:  Murad Sezer/Reuters

US-led coalition war planes attacked Islamic State targets around the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as the insurgents pressed their assault a(...)

United Nations peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a news conference after meeting Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Grand Serail, the government headquarters, in Beirut earlier this month.  Photograph: Mohamed Azakir / Reuters

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi insists there will be only two Syrian delegations – government and opposition – at the proposed US and Russian-sp(...)