U.S., Turkey give Kurds boost in Islamic State clash

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Turkey said it would allow Iraqi Kurds passage to Syria, and the U.S. dropped weapons and aid to Kobane, where Kurdish fighters have been battling the Islamic State.

    Battle for Kobane continues

    Battle for Kobane continues

    The United States has stepped up airstrikes against Islamic State fighters massed around the embattled town.

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    Islamic State fighters continue their advance in Iraq’s Anbar province

    Islamic State fighters continue their advance in Iraq’s Anbar province

    Officials worry that the group’s gains will provide momentum for an assault on the outskirts of Baghdad.

    Rogue Libyan general wages all-out campaign in Benghazi

    Rogue Libyan general wages all-out campaign in Benghazi

    As clashes with Islamist militants escalate in the eastern city, so do fears of a full-blown civil war.

    Talks on Iran’s nuclear program off to a grueling start

    Talks on Iran’s nuclear program off to a grueling start

    Kerry met with counterparts from Iran and the E.U., but a breakthrough deal eluded them as a deadline loomed.

    U.S. pounds Islamic State in Kobane seeking propaganda, military win

    U.S. pounds Islamic State in Kobane seeking propaganda, military win

    The Syrian town along the Turkish border has become, for now, the epicenter of the fight.

    Explosions rock Syrian town of Kobane

    Explosions rock Syrian town of Kobane

    The U.S.-led coalition launched airstrikes Wednesday on the Islamic State in and around Kobane, near the Syrian-Turkish border.

    Photos from around the region

    Muslims celebrate Eid

    People around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to commemorate the prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael.

    A holy journey

    About 2 million Muslims stream into Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the hajj.

    Syrian Kurdish refugees seek haven in Turkey

    As they flee the advancing Islamic State, they are hoping Turkish fighters can establish a secure zone for their safe passage.

    Syrian Kurds flee advance of Islamic State

    Nearly 150,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey since the past weekend.

    Battling the Islamic State

    The United States launches airstrikes against targets in Syria.

    Financial woes roil a part of Iraq used to stability

    Oil-rich Kurdistan region is shaken by Islamic State threat and an economic crisis fueled by budget disputes and corruption.

    Kerry makes unannounced visit to Iraq

    The secretary of state discussed ways to bolster the stability of the new Iraqi government and combat the Islamic State.

    A defeat for Islamic State in two Iraqi towns

    Kurdish pesh merga fighters, Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen take one town and free another from besiegement by militants

    Pushing back Islamic State

    Government forces and Shiite militias launch counterattack to reclaim territories taken by the militants.

    Fighting ends as Israel, Hamas agree to truce

    Hamas and Israel have agreed to an open-ended cease-fire after 50 days of warfare that has killed more than 2,200 people.

    Majority of Yazidis return to Iraq

    Many who had been trapped at risk of death fled to Syria and now are in safer areas in Iraq.

    Nahal Oz Kibbutz residents return home

    These frontline communities in Israel, devoid of usual residential life, resemble ghost towns.

    Gaza cease-fire breaks

    Militants in Gaza broke a temporary cease-fire by launching rockets at Israel on Tuesday, and Israel responded with airstrikes.

    Dozens killed as plane crashes in Iran

    An Iranian plane crashed Sunday while taking off near the capital, killing dozens of people, state media reported.

    Yazidis cross into Iraqi Kurdistan from Syria

    After being stranded on Mount Sinjar for almost a week and then walking 12 miles to Syria, some were able to return to Iraq.

    Israeli airstrikes of Gaza continue

    The strikes continued even after condemnation for the shelling of a U.N.-run school sheltering Gaza evacuees.