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Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani

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ISTANBUL/BEIRUT - A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic State insurgents.

Canada Parliament gunman had planned to travel to Syria - police

OTTAWA - The gunman in Wednesday's attack on Canada's capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after undergoing a "radicalization process," police said on Thursday.

Top News, World, 24 Oct 2014

Ground offensive against Islamic State months away in Iraq - U.S.

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE Florida - Iraqi forces are months away from being able to start waging any kind of sustained ground offensive against the Islamic State and any similar effort in Syria will take longer, officials at the U.S. military's Central Command said on Thursday.

World, Iraq, 24 Oct 2014

Canada Parliament gunman had planned to travel to Syria - police

OTTAWA - The gunman in Wednesday's attack on Canada's capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after undergoing a "radicalization process," police said on Thursday.

World, Top News, 24 Oct 2014

Syria's Kobani less at risk but could still fall - U.S. officials

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE Fla. - The Syrian border town of Kobani appears in less danger of falling to the Islamic State, but the threat still remains, U.S. officials said on Thursday, offering a measured view of a key battle against the militant group.

World, 24 Oct 2014

Turkey's Erdogan says 200 Kurdish fighters from Iraq to enter Kobani

RIGA - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday agreement had been reached on sending 200 Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq through Turkey to help defend the Syrian border town of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

World, Iraq 23 Oct 2014

U.S.-led air strikes killed 521 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria - monitor

BEIRUT - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 521 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday.

Top News, World, 23 Oct 2014

Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State militants, marking the semi-autonomous region's first military foray into Syria's war.

World, Iraq 23 Oct 2014

Syria says shoots down two of three Islamic State jets

BEIRUT - Syria's air force has destroyed two fighter jets operated by Islamic State militants in the north of the country, Information Minister Omran Zoabi said in remarks published on Syria's state news agency SANA late on Tuesday.

World, 22 Oct 2014

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.

World, Iraq 22 Oct 2014

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Funeral held for Kurdish fighters killed in Kobani

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