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    1. October 21, 2014

      UK spy drones to fly over Syria in fight against Isis

      British drones and spy planes will begin flying reconnaissance missions over Syria in an escalation of UK efforts to combat...

    2. October 21, 2014

      Turkey’s Erdogan struggles to cope with Isis reverberations

      Last week, Turkey was bombing Kurdish fighters it regards as terrorists near its border with Iraq. It was doing so just as...

    3. October 21, 2014

      Assad still using chemical weapons, say Syrian rebels

      It was yet another missile, one of many fired by the Syrian regime at the rebel-controlled Jobar district of Damascus. But...

    4. October 20, 2014

      Turkey opens corridor for Kurdish fighters to relieve Kobani

      Turkey has yielded to US pressure and opened its territory for Kurdish fighters to relieve the besieged Syrian Kurdish town...

    5. October 17, 2014

      Isis closes the cyber blackout blinds to avoid attack

      When bombs rained down before the internet age, targets pulled curtains shut and dimmed their lights. But for the jihadis of...

    6. October 17, 2014

      Terror suspects charged with targeting police

      Four men have been charged with plotting a terror attack in London after allegedly swearing an oath to the Islamic State of...

    7. The World

      October 17, 2014

      A short history of the Kurds

      The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has thrust the plight of the Kurdish people into the spotlight. But who...

    8. October 17, 2014

      Suicide bomber kills at least 8 members of Syrian rebel group fighting Isis

      A car bomb in northern Syria on Friday ripped through the headquarters of two rebel battalions supporting the US-led...

    9. October 16, 2014

      Turkey: In the line of fire

      In the Turkish city of Diyarbakir – 100km from Syria – the rising anger at Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s stance on the war over the...

    10. October 16, 2014

      Britain redeploys drones to fight Isis

      Britain is to redeploy its fleet of armed Reaper drones to Iraq to launch attacks against the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

    11. October 16, 2014

      Kurds declare advance on Kobani thanks to US air strikes on Isis

      Kurdish forces defending the besieged Syrian city of Kobani say they are advancing against the forces of the Islamic State...

    12. October 15, 2014

      Isis makes ‘substantial gains’, says general

      Islamist militants have made “substantial gains” in Iraq despite the campaign of air strikes led by the US over the past two...

    13. October 14, 2014

      US defence contractor staff shot in Saudi Arabia

      A US national was killed and another wounded in a gun attack on their vehicle in Riyadh on Tuesday, according to Saudi state...

    14. October 14, 2014

      Pakistan Taliban leaders pledge allegiance to Isis

      Six leaders of the Pakistani Taliban have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, and...

    15. October 14, 2014

      Iraq’s soaring public spending hits war financing

      A looming fiscal crisis is threatening to curtail Iraq’s ability to finance its war against the Islamist insurgents who have...

    16. October 13, 2014

      Isis fighters seize key military base in Iraq’s Anbar province

      Islamist insurgents on Monday seized control of a key military garrison and town in western Iraq, allowing them to surround...

    17. October 13, 2014

      US and Turkey focus on role of airbases to counter Isis

      Turkey has poured cold water on claims that the US-led anti-jihadi coalition has secured greater use of military bases in...

    18. October 12, 2014

      Drone strikes on Isis loom large in allies’ strategy

      Hundreds of air strikes have dominated the opening of the US-led battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or...

    19. October 12, 2014

      Iraqi Kurds send aid to help Syrian counterparts fight jihadis

      Leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan’s two main political factions declared on Sunday that they have dispatched weapons, equipment and...

    20. October 10, 2014

      Isis still on the front foot in Iraq

      The world’s attention is on the stricken city of Kobani, in northern Syria. But for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant...

    21. October 10, 2014

      Turkey’s Erdogan faces one of his toughest political challenges

      Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing one of the worst crises of his 11 years as Turkey’s leader – his refusal to strike against...

    22. October 10, 2014

      US presses Turkey to take ‘urgent steps’ against Isis

      US officials have warned Turkey of the need for “urgent steps” against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as...

    23. October 9, 2014

      US and Turkey stuck in diplomatic stand-off over Isis in Syria

      The US and Turkey are engaging in an exercise of diplomatic brinkmanship over Islamist militants in Syria, even as the fate...

    24. October 9, 2014

      Obama’s Syria choices go from bad to worse

      Barack Obama is too much the lawyer and too little the leader. Leon Panetta, the former US defence secretary, has a memoir...

    25. The World

      October 9, 2014

      Cynicism over Kobani siege will rebound on Erdogan

      For a country that so recently harboured ambitions as a great regional power, Turkey is offering an unedifyingly feeble...

    26. October 9, 2014

      West pushes for Turkish intervention to save Kobani

      Islamist insurgents were on Thursday regaining momentum in the battle for Kobani, as clashes with Kurdish fighters erupted...

    27. October 8, 2014

      Turkey’s Syria policy is undoing years of rapprochement with Kurds

      Turkey awoke on Wednesday to tanks on the streets and curfews in its southeastern cities – sights many Turks hoped had been...

    28. FT Photo Diary

      October 8, 2014

      Turkey's Kurdish protestors demand action against Isis

      Ilyas Akenginil/AFP/Getty Kurdish protesters in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir demand increased western...

    29. October 8, 2014

      US air strikes push back Isis in Kobani

      US air strikes appeared on Wednesday to push Islamist insurgents back from the besieged Syrian city of Kobani after nearly a...

    30. October 7, 2014

      Turkey must stop prevaricating over Isis

      At some point over the coming days, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Isis, looks likely to seize the Syrian...

    31. October 7, 2014

      Isis close in on Kobani, highlighting problems of US-led alliance

      Isis poised to take Kobani Warplanes dropped huge payloads on their positions and determined, battle-hardened Kurdish...

    32. October 7, 2014

      Turkey says Syrian border town about to fall

      Turkey’s president warned that the Syrian border town of Kobani was on the verge of falling to the Islamic State of Iraq and...

    33. October 6, 2014

      Turkey demands US target Assad as price of co-operation

      Turkey has demanded that the US take military action against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad as a condition...

    34. October 5, 2014

      Jordan tackles homegrown Islamists as it joins attacks on Isis

      The bearded man stood in a cage at Amman’s state security court, accused of posting messages and videos sympathetic to the...

    35. October 5, 2014

      Choose weapons of peace over the rhetoric of war

      The barbaric murder of Alan Henning is a fresh call for more efficiency in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and...

    36. October 4, 2014

      Turkey clashes with US over rise of Isis

      Turkey has clashed with the US over its stance on extremist fighters in Syria, with president Recep Tayyip Erdogan securing...

    37. October 3, 2014

      Prime minister vows to hunt down Alan Henning’s killers

      David Cameron has vowed to use “all the assets we have” to hunt down the Islamic State terrorists responsible for the murder...

    38. October 3, 2014

      The war on Isis defies logic

      “Why is everybody so eager to use military force?” asked an exasperated Barack Obama in April. The US president added: “We...

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