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Biden Meets Turkey's Erdogan

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul to discuss Washington's desire for Ankara to play a larger role in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) organization More

Iraqi security forces (pictured) and Islamic State militants have been battling for control of Ramadi for months. (file photo)

Iraqi Forces, IS Battle In Ramadi

Iraqi soldiers backed by Sunni tribesmen have launched a major operation to retake a section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State (IS) fighters. More

Air Strikes Hit IS Militants

The United States and its allies have staged 30 air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq over the past 72 hours. More

Iraq's Ramadi City Under IS Attack

Islamic State (IS) militants have launched an attack on Ramadi, capital of Iraq's western Anbar Province. More

Assad Wants 'Real' Anti-IS Cooperation

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that "international cooperation" is needed to destroy the Islamic State group, which is the target of a U.S.-led military campaign. More

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Local Iraqi Council, Powerful Tribes Express Solidarity In Fight Against IS

Shakir Mahmud, the head of the Amiriyat al-Fallujah local council in Iraq's beleaguered Anbar Province, has announced that members of several powerful local tribes have gathered in the township to express solidarity in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants. More
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Features & Commentary

Who's In, Who's Out: Republicans Take Over Top U.S. Foreign-Policy Committees

Republicans won big in U.S. Congressional elections on November 4, a surge whose impact could ripple beyond the borders of the United States.

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.
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