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World 14 Oct 2014 | 2:55 AM

Islamic State forces 180,000 to flee in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Fighting in Iraq's western Anbar province has forced up to 180,000 people to flee since the city of Hit fell to Islamic State earlier this month, the United Nations said on Monday.

World 30 Oct 2014 | 3:50 AM

Kurdish convoy heads to Syria to take on Islamic State

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A convoy of peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq headed across southeastern Turkey on Wednesday towards the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break an Islamic State siege which has defied U.S.-led air strikes.

World 29 Oct 2014 | 11:12 PM

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

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - 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 31 Oct 2014 | 1:35 AM

Islamic State fighters kill 220 Iraqis from tribe that opposed them

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe's opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said.

World 21 Oct 2014 | 10:50 PM

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

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - 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 01 Dec 2014 | 11:35 PM

Insight - Facing Islamic State in Syria, U.S.-trained rebels await more help

GAZIANTEP, Turkey (Reuters) - Syrian rebel commander Abdulaziz says U.S. military training helped his men kill at least 15 Islamic State fighters in a recent battle near Aleppo. Three months earlier, a similar engagement had gone the other way, with two of his men killed.

World 27 Jan 2015 | 8:30 AM

Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobani after four-month battle

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday after driving out Islamic State fighters, a monitoring group and Syrian state media said, although Washington said the four-month battle was not yet over.

World 23 Feb 2015 | 8:30 AM

Syrian Kurds attack Islamic State in northeast

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish forces advanced against Islamic State fighters in two separate attacks in northeastern Syria near the Iraqi border on Sunday, an organisation tracking the war reported, compounding recent losses for the militant group in Syria.

World 09 Feb 2015 | 10:50 PM

Islamic State pulls forces and hardware from Syria's Aleppo - rebels

AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State has withdrawn some of its insurgents and equipment from areas northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo, rebels and residents say, adding to signs of strain in the Syrian provinces of its self-declared caliphate.

World 21 Apr 2015 | 7:10 PM

Old loyalties, religious cohesion may frustrate Islamic State in Libya

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's executions of Christians show the group is exploiting Libya's lawlessness but tribal and political loyalties and the absence of a sectarian divide mean it is unlikely to grow as rapidly there as in Iraq or Syria.