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Iraq's Top Shi'ite Cleric Calls On Baghdad To Help Sunni Tribes

Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric has called on the government to “offer quick support” to Sunni Arab tribes battling Islamic State (IS) militants. More

Erdogan Denounces Focus On Kobani In Anti-IS Campaign

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said he believes the international coalition combatting Islamic State (IS) militants is focusing too much on the Syrian border town of Kobani. More

Iraqi Trio Detained In Switzerland Over Suspected Terror Plot

Swiss authorities say they arrested three Iraqi citizens in March who are suspected of providing support to the Islamic State (IS) extremist group and planning a terrorist attack in Europe. More

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey's comments mark the first time the U.S. military has openly endorsed sending advisers to the restive province.

U.S. Commander Wants Advisers In West Iraq

The U.S. military's top officer has called for deploying U.S. advisers to Iraq's western Anbar Province to counter Islamic State fighters. More

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

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Iran Defeating IS With 'Ideas' Not Arms

A senior Iranian hard-line cleric has said that Iranian Qods Force Commander Major General Qassem Suleimani's ideas are more effective against Islamic State (IS) militants than arms. More
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Features & Commentary

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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