Barack Obama outlined plans for a broad international coalition to defeat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria.
The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist leaded for his life amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria.
Families who once fled a Turkish crackdown on Kurdish rebels in the 1990s after escaping from brutal jihadists, longing to return home.
Friends, relatives and colleagues have paid tribute to American journalist James Foley, executed by Islamic State jihadists.
A reporter working with Kurdish news agency Firat was killed Friday when jihadist fighters attacked a camp in Iraq.
Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said
Iraq's Kurdish region claimed disputed northern oilfields on Friday in another blow to efforts to forge a united front against a jihadist-led onslaught, as twin bombings killed 28 people.
A group of 46 Indian nurses trapped in Iraq are to be freed, one of them told AFP Friday, in a rare piece of positive news in a crisis threatening "Syria-like chaos".
Around 60,000 people have fled towns in Deir Ezzor province of eastern Syria that have been the scene of fierce clashes between rival jihadists, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
A jihadist group repeated its calls for French president Francois Hollande's assassination in revenge for the European nation's recent interventions in Africa, terrorist monitoring group SITE said.
French prosecutors on Friday charged two women over the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl who is believed to have travelled to Syria to fight alongside jihadist rebels.
Bashar al-Assad insisted Wednesday that Syria is not gripped by civil war but has been attacked by tens of thousands of foreign jihadist fighters allied to Al-Qaeda.
A group of jihadist fighters said Tuesday they had fired a Grad rocket on the Israeli Red Sea town of Eilat in retaliation for an alleged Israeli air raid.
Syria's main opposition group called Saturday for the immediate release of an Italian Jesuit priest who went to negotiate with jihadists and who is feared to have been taken prisoner.
Site Intel Group has uploaded a with a militant, allegedly Kazakhstan-born, calling for jihad in Syria.
The head of Syria's jihadist Al-Nusra Front has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, but distanced his group from claims it has merged with Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has called for jihad, or holy war, to thwart France's military intervention in Mali against Islamist rebels.
The armed wings of Gaza's ruling Hamas movement and the Islamic Jihad group announced Monday they had fired a series of rockets at Israel, a day after an Israeli air strike that injured 10 people.
A respective Islamic theologist sheikh Abu Munzir Ash Shanqiti has publicly confuted the fatwa on jihad against Kazakhstan police: expert.
Jihadist Kariyev who killed 7 people in Taraz could have bought the grenade launcher in of one the neighboring countries, Kyrgyzstan in particular.
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