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US drops arms to Kurds battling IS

US drops arms to Kurds battling IS

US military aircraft have dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane. US Central Command said C-130 transport aircraft had made "multiple" drops of supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. Hêjmarek mezin ji Çek û teqemenî gihişt KOBANÊ... وصلت كمية كبيرة...

US airstrikes against IS have hurt moderate rebels

US airstrikes against IS have hurt moderate rebels

As the US-led airstrikes target Islamic State (IS) strongholds in eastern Syria, reports emerged that Syria’s air force has intensified its airstrikes on rebel positions in the west. Opponents of the US strikes argue that they have given an indirect boost to Syrian regime forces, helping them focus their attacks on rebel positions outside...

ISIS, Iraq, and the war in Syria: Military Outlook

ISIS, Iraq, and the war in Syria: Military Outlook

Events on the battlefield will reveal the true effects of the crisis, but the ISIS campaign in Iraq could ultimately help the Syrian opposition and hurt the Assad regime. The stunning advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in northern and western Iraq over the past week has significant military implications...

IS 'nearly driven out of Kobane'

IS 'nearly driven out of Kobane'

The Islamic State (IS) militant group has been driven out of most of the northern Syrian town of Kobane, a Kurdish commander has told the BBC. Baharin Kandal said IS fighters had retreated from all areas, except for two pockets of resistance in the east. US-led air strikes have helped push back the militants, with...

Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'

Turkey 'agrees to US air base use'

Turkey has agreed to let the US use its military bases in the campaign against Islamic State militants, US National Security Adviser Susan Rice says. Rice said the US welcomed the new agreement, which included use of the Incirlik air base in Turkey's south. The US is leading air strikes against IS, which has seized...

How IS works

How IS works

Organisation The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has a detailed structure that encompasses many functions and jurisdictions, according to ISIS documents seized by Iraqi forces and seen by American officials and Hashim Alhashimi, an Iraqi researcher. Many of its leaders are former officers from Saddam Hussein’s long-disbanded army who augmented their military training...

US, UK warn of Kobane airstrike limitations

US, UK warn of Kobane airstrike limitations

The US and UK have warned that air strikes alone will not prevent Islamic State (IS) fighters from seizing the Syrian town of Kobane. A Pentagon spokesman said the US and its allies were "doing everything we can from the air" but there were limits to what the campaign could achieve. Similar views were expressed...

IS fighters targeted by new air strikes

IS fighters targeted by new air strikes

The US-led coalition has carried out more air strikes to try to repel Islamic State (IS) militants attacking the Syria-Turkey border town of Kobane. The BBC's Paul Adams heard three raids in 30 minutes - and eight in total - on Tuesday, in support of Syrian Kurds. However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned air strikes were not enough and Kobane was "about to fall". At least 400 people have died in three weeks of fighting for Kobane, monitors say, and 160,000 Syrians have fled. If IS captures Kobane, its jihadists will control a long stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border. Separately, a Kurdish demonstrator has been killed in clashes with Turkish police in the...

New air strikes in Syria and Iraq

New air strikes in Syria and Iraq

US warplanes have carried out new air strikes on Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, hitting vehicles and arms dumps, the US military says. Eight IS vehicles were damaged near Abu Kamal on the Syria-Iraq border, and two others in Deir al-Zour in the east of Syria, the US Central Command said. In...

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