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About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance

Interview with Ahmad Chalabi on Islamic State, Iraq and Syria

Turkey opens border to Syrian Kurds fleeing IS

Al Nusrah Front threatens life of Lebanese soldier held hostage amid fighting

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has repeatedly threatened to kill a Lebanese soldier in its custody this week. In a tweet earlier today, the group said that the soldier was the "first casualty" in its stalled negotiations with the Lebanese military.

Islamist foreign fighters returning home and the threat to Europe

Testimony to the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats on the threat posed by Islamist foreign fighters returning home to Europe.

Australian Federal Police to take over Parliament security after 'chatter' about possible terrorist attack; investigation into 'beheading plot' continues

US Goal Is to Make Syrian Rebels Viable

US Faces Tough Struggle on Ground to Oust ISIS

Assad's army stretched but still seen strong

US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months

French Lower House Approves Bill to Crack down on Jihadists

The Islamic State is gaining ground in Aleppo province, where it has now captured 21 Kurdish villages in the north near the Turkish border, in an offensive that began in early July. Kurdish YPG forces defending the area claimed at the time that the IS had used chemical weapons against them. Regime airstrikes targeted IS-held areas of al Bab city in Aleppo, killing at least 15 people. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front continued to shell the Christian town of Maharde in Hama. Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, Ansar al Din battalion, and rebels clashed with regime forces in Aleppo. An Al Nusrah court in Idlib executed a suspected spy. The head of the Free Syrian Army said it will stand by the US in fighting the "twin threats" of the Assad regime and the Islamic State. Since the US vowed on Sept. 10 to defeat the IS, some 162 fighters have joined its training camps in Aleppo, including 147 Syrians who previously fought for Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front, and four Australians who came through Turkey.

Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

Islamic State assaults city in Syrian Kurdistan

The border town of Kobane is under siege from the Islamic State, which continues to advance in Aleppo province.

US airstrikes boost Islamic State, more hostages possible: FBI

Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

Exclusive: Syria reveals more chemical weapons facilities to watchdog - sources

A 'fundamental fallacy' in Obama's plan to arm Syrian rebels?

Europe needs to coordinate its anti-jihadist measures

Syria's UN envoy said the Al Nusrah Front has seized all of the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, and that Al Nusrah militants are using UN vehicles, weapons, uniforms, and fighting positions against civilians as well as Syrian forces; he accused Qatar, Israel, and Jordan of allowing Al Nusrah to use the safe zone as a base from which to attack and destabilize Syria. The UN said the recent advance of "armed groups" had forced it to withdraw from the area. Syrian warplanes targeted Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front in the Golan area of Quneitra. The Ajnad al Sham Islamic Union began targeting presidential, security, and military areas in Damascus. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Damascus. Al Nusrah agreed to meet the Syrian Revolutionaries Front in court in Idlib after clashing with the SRF in Hafer Saja. The Islamic State shot down a Syrian fighter jet that was conducting airstrikes over Raqqah city, the first such downing of regime aircraft. The IS also clashed with Kurdish YPG forces in Aleppo, and released a member of Al Nusrah's sharia committee in Deir Izzour.