Iran supreme leader blames West for Islamic State rise, wants regional solution


DUBAI - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Western powers on Tuesday for the rise of Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq and Syria and said they had no business tampering with the region's geopolitics.

Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism - UN

UNITED NATIONS - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence.

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Syria air force strikes 200 times in 36 hours - monitor

BEIRUT - The Syrian air force carried out more than 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours, a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday, a rapid increase in government raids as U.S.-led forces bomb Islamist insurgents elsewhere.

World, 21 Oct 2014

Man, woman stoned to death for adultery in Syria - monitor

BEIRUT - A man and a woman have been stoned to death for adultery in separate executions in jihadist-controlled areas of Syria, a monitoring group reported on Tuesday.

World, 21 Oct 2014

Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

BAGHDAD - In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad.

World, 21 Oct 2014

Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

ANKARA/BEIRUT - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault.

World, Iraq, Top News 21 Oct 2014

Iran state TV says death of journalist in Turkey is "suspect"

ANKARA - Iranian television pointed the finger at Turkey on Monday over the death of a Lebanese-American journalist killed in a car crash while working for Iran's Press TV in Turkey near the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani.

World, 20 Oct 2014

U.N. would offer humanitarian support in Syria safe zones -Amos

ANKARA - The United Nations would offer humanitarian assistance for proposed "safe zones" inside Syria even if they were created without a Security Council resolution, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official Valerie Amos said on Monday.

World, 20 Oct 2014

U.S. reports 12 air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military conducted six air strikes against Islamic State militants near the Syrian border town of Kobani on Sunday and Monday, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

World, 20 Oct 2014

Turkey to help Kurdish "peshmerga" fighters reach besieged Syrian town

ANKARA - Turkey is facilitating the passage of Kurdish "peshmerga" fighters to the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday.

World, 20 Oct 2014

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Video claims to show U.S. military aid in Islamic State hands

Video posted online claims to show Islamic State fighters displaying U.S. military supplies that were intended for Kurds battling the militants. Mana Rabiee reports.

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