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WATCH: A military convoy of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters from Iraq arrived at the Turkish town of Mursitpinar, just across the border from the Syrian town of Kobani, early on October 30. The convoy is due to reinforce Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants in Kobani. The Iraqi Kurdish parliament voted last week to send 150 fighters to Kobani, following Turkey's decision to allow them to cross its territory. (Reuters)

Video Iraqi Kurdish Forces Enter Kobani

An initial contingent of about 10 Iraqi Kurdish fighters has entered the embattled Syrian town of Kobani to help their fellow Kurds push back Islamic State (IS) militants. More

IS 'Executes' Dozens Of Iraqi Tribesmen

Islamic State (IS) militants reportedly have carried out execution-style killings of at least 30 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq's western Anbar Province. More

WATCH: A Peshmerga military convoy enters Turkey en route to Kobani

Video Syrian Rebels 'Enter Kobani From Turkey'

Officials and activists say a group of fighters from the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) have entered the embattled Syrian town of Kobani from Turkey to help Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) militants. More

A female Kurdish refugee tries to call relatives who are still trapped in Kobani as thick smoke rises from the Syrian town during heavy fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish peshmerga forces on October 27.

Iraqi Kurdish Forces Head To Kobani

Some 150 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq traveled to Turkey on October 28 on their way to help Syrian Kurdish defenders of besieged town of Kobani battle Islamic State militants. More

'Information Coalition' Targets IS

The United States on October 27 unveiled what it called an information coalition with Muslim and Western nations to counter online efforts by Islamic State militants to recruit fighters and stoke sectarian hatred. More

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IS Gunmen 'Committed Massacre' In Iraq's Anbar

Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq's western Anbar Province have executed at least 50 tribal fighters in what an RFE/RL correspondent described as a "massacre." More
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Falling Oil Prices Spell Trouble For Some, But Could Also Boost Global Growth

The price of oil has fallen some 20 percent since June, spelling big trouble for oil exporting countries like Russia and Iran. What's behind the drop?

Video Iraqi Kurds Urge Turkey To Let Volunteers Through To Defend Kobani

Speaking in Prague, the foreign minister of Iraq's Kurdish regional government is calling on Turkey to open its border to volunteers seeking to reinforce the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani.

Iraq's Sole Yazidi Lawmaker Says 25,000 Girls Abducted By IS To Be Raped, Sold

The winner of the 2014 Anna Politkovskaya Award says Islamic State militants are raping and selling Yazidi women and that the human rights situation in Iraq is deteriorating.

Peshmerga General: IS Air Strikes Helpful, But 'We Will Need Ground Forces'

In an interview with Samira Ali Mandee of RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq, General Jabbar Yawar, secretary-general of the Peshmerga Ministry of Iraq's Kurdish region, discusses the ongoing fight against Islamic State militants, cooperation with Iraqi and outside militaries, and the mood on the front.

Iraqi Line Of Defense Goes Unpaid

Tens of thousands of Iraqis took up the call to battle Islamic State. But after months on the front line many who volunteered for the fight say they have gone unpaid, weakening a needed line of defense against an encroaching enemy.

Tajikistan's 'Jihadist' Village On The Defensive

A small village in northern Tajikistan has come under scrutiny after it was revealed that it was home to a number of suspected jihadists.

Coalition Of One: Iran Leads Own Fight Against Islamic State

Iran is not part of the international coalition against Islamic State militants. But it is waging a war of its own with the group that is likely to overlap with the U.S.-led effort in unpredictable ways.

Wide Array Of Countries Expected To Join Coalition Against Islamic State Militants

Various Middle Eastern and European countries are expected to join the U.S.-led coalition to roll back Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. We look at who they are and what they will do.

Interview: Imam Discusses Islamic State's Recruitment Of European Muslims

Syrian-born Imam Tarfa Baghajati, chairman of the Austrian Muslims Initiative, speaks with RFE/RL about Islamic State's efforts to recruit young people in Europe following reports that hundreds of European-based Muslims have joined their ranks.

Kicked Off Twitter And Facebook, Islamic State Finds New Tools

Following the beheading of American journalist James Foley, U.S.-based social networks ramped up efforts to ban accounts linked to the Islamic State militant group.
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