Smoke rises from Kobani as Turkish forces stand guard on their side of the border with Syria. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Islamic State fighters have pushed to about 2km from the centre of the city of Kobani, undeterred by western air strikes, a leading Kurdish official (...)

Turkish army tanks move towards the Turkish-Syrian border yesterday, as clashes intensified with Islamic State militants. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Turkey is gearing up for a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State (IS), which could include sending Turkish troops into Syria and Iraq. But co(...)

Britain’s parliament approved air strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq by a decisive margin on Friday, paving the way for the Royal Air Force to join US-led military action with immediate effect. Photograph: Cpl Neil Bryden/Ministry of Defence/Handout via Reuters

Air strikes believed to have been carried out by US-led forces hit three makeshift oil refineries in Syria’s Raqqa province early today as part of an (...)

Turkish police and soldiers observe Syrian Kurds waiting   to cross into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, fleeing an advance by Islamic State fighters who have seized dozens (...)

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