Iraqi Kurd fighters enter Kobani

Western-backed foreign forces join the fight on ground in Syria for first time


Iraqi soldiers and Sunni fighters hold a position on the top of a building on the frontine during clashes with Islamic States (IS) fighters on September 17, 2014 in the town of Dhuluiya, some 75 kms (45 miles) north of Baghdad. Elite Iraqi troops backed by US jets battled jihadists near Baghdad as President Barack Obama insisted US ground troops would not be deployed to battle the Islamic State group. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
If the US is to avoid committing troops to its campaign against Isis, Iraq’s army must be reinvented
– Borzou Daragahi

Turkey faces criticism over border control

Ankara says progress against fighters under-appreciated by west

Jerusalem on edge after shooting of rabbi

Israel to reopen access to al-Aqsa on Friday

Middle East: Walled in

Israel’s plan to build thousands of settler homes in East Jerusalem is sparking international ire

We must understand Isis to defeat it

The jihadis offer a caliphate and death. Our message must be one of life, writes Ed Husain

Peshmerga fighters head to Syria

Western-backed foreign forces have joined the fight on the ground

StanChart faces US sanctions probe

US investigates whether transactions were concealed

Acid attacks on women spread fear in Iran

Up to eight women in city of Isfahan injured in incidents this month

Yair Lapid: jumped to the prime minister’s defence
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Obama-Netanyahu relationship hits new low

Unnamed official quoted in context of fraying relations

Abu Dhabi lures Singapore Exchange chief

ADGM’s launch is part of UAE capital’s plan to diversify

France grapples with homegrown jihadis

Authorities fear returning fighters will attack French targets

Web draws western women to jihadi ranks

Networking helps foster ‘jihadi girl power subculture’

Iraqi peshmerga to join Kobani fight

City’s officials say Isis outnumbers them two to one

Oman considers cutting energy subsidies

Government struggles to balance budget as oil price falls

Isis shows political sophistication

Damaging cohesion of other states gives reach beyond caliphate

Easing of Dubai property prices welcomed

Mohammed Alabbar remains optimistic about longer-term demand despite cooling of market activity

Tunisia secular party claims poll victory

Nida Tunis says partial results give it at least 83 seats

Egypt steps up crackdown on militants

Vital infrastructure put under military authority after spate of attacks

Libya strife shows perils of impartiality

By alliances with jihadis, Libya’s Islamists are courting disaster

Israeli settlements plan sparks tensions

Rioting in Jerusalem inflamed over push for 1,000 more units