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Kurdish peshmerga forces enter Syria's Kobani after further air strikes

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SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents.

Kurdish peshmerga convoy heads towards Kobani to battle Islamic State

SURUC Turkey - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces in Turkey headed on Friday towards the Syrian border where they were expected to help push back Islamic State insurgents encircling the mainly Kurdish border town of Kobani, a Reuters witness said.

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White House says Syria strategy working, policy on Assad clear

WASHINGTON - The White House and Pentagon sought to portray a unified stance on Syria on Friday after reports that a memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticized U.S. strategy as fuzzy on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

World, 31 Oct 2014

Kurds' battle for Kobani unites a people divided by borders

ARBIL Iraq - Cloaked in Kurdish flags, thousands of people lined the roads to cheer on a military convoy headed for what was -- until recently -- an obscure Syrian border town, now the focus of a global war against the militants of Islamic State.

World, 31 Oct 2014

U.S. defense chief will not discuss "critical" Syria memo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stressed the need for honesty in internal government discussions on Thursday as he declined comment on a two-page internal memo he wrote on Syria policy, described as critical by people familiar with its contents.

World, 31 Oct 2014

Situation in Syria is "appalling," getting worse - U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - The humanitarian crisis in Syria is getting worse as all parties to the war, including forces aligned with the government and Islamic State militants, show "callous disregard" for millions of suffering civilians, the United Nations said on Thursday.

World, 31 Oct 2014

Islamic State claims to have seized gas field from Syrian army

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters in Syria claimed on Thursday to have taken control of a gas field in the central province of Homs after battles with government forces.

World, 30 Oct 2014

Syrian air strikes kill over 200 civilians in 10 days - monitor

BEIRUT - Bombing runs by the Syrian air force over the past 10 days have killed at least 221 civilians, a third of them children, a group monitoring Syria's civil war said on Thursday.

World, 30 Oct 2014

Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

SURUC Turkey - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.

Top News, World, Iraq 30 Oct 2014

Situation in Syria is "appalling," getting worse -U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - The humanitarian crisis in Syria is getting worse as all parties to the war, including forces aligned with the government and Islamic State militants, show "callous disregard" for millions of suffering civilians, the United Nations said on Thursday.

World, 30 Oct 2014

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More peshmerga fighters prepare to enter Kobani

More Kurdish peshmerga fighters prepare to cross into Kobani a day after a first group entered as U.S.-led air strikes hit the Syrian border town. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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