RAF fighter jets attacking Islamic State have been concentrating on targets in Iraq - despite MPs approving airstrikes in Syria.Read the full story ›
Turkey said it would halt further transfers of troops to an area near the Islamic State-controlled city of Mosul in Iraq after Baghdad threatened to appeal to the United Nations to force Turkey to withdraw its soldiers.
Turkey deployed hundreds of forces to a camp near the Mosul in the north on Thursday, calling it a routine rotation in a training programme but angering Baghdad, which said it had been done without consultation.
Iraq's foreign ministry has claimed that the deployment of Turkish forces into Iraqi territory is "a hostile act".
The claim comes just hours after the Iraqi government called on Turkey to immediately withdraw troops from its territory after around 150 Turkish soldiers and 20 to 25 tanks were deployed into Bashiqa, close to Mosul.
The Iraqi government called the move 'an incursion' as it demanded Turkish soldiers withdraw from the country.Read the full story ›
The United States is sending a "specialized expeditionary targeting force" to help Iraqi forces tackle so-called Islamic State militants.
The Pentagon says the team of "special operators" will also be cleared to take part in raids inside Syria - including hostage rescue and capture missions.
"These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIL [Islamic State] leaders," US defence secretary Ashton Carter told the House Armed Services Committee.
Coalition air strikes hit 16 targets in Iraq and nine in Syria belonging to the so-called Islamic State militant group, officials have said.
In a statement, the Combined Joint Task Force said five of the Iraq strikes hit around Ramadi, destroying weapons, tactical units and fighting positions, as well as targets in nine other Iraqi cities, including Sinjar, Mosul and Tikrit.
In Syria, the statement added, five strikes near al Hasaka took out two Islamic State vehicles and three buildings, wounding an undisclosed number of militants. Three other strikes hit near al Hawl and one near Mar'a.
Bomber, attack, ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft were all used in the operation.
Islamic extremists have been defeated and are "on the run" in Sinjar, Kurdish forces said after launching an offensive to retake the town.Read the full story ›
British aircraft have carried out strikes against IS positions as part of Kurdish efforts to retake the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar.Read the full story ›
Kurdish forces have launched an offensive to retake the town of Sinjar in Iraq from Islamic State militants, who took control over a year ago and enslaved thousands of its Yazidi residents.
Operation Free Sinjar - which will be backed by US-led airstrikes - aims to cordon off the town, take control of Islamic State supply routes and establish a buffer zone to protect it from artillery, according to a statement from the Kurdish national security council.
Sinjar is of major symbolic and strategic importance, as it sits astride a main highway linking the cities of Mosul and Raqqa - Islamic State strongholds in Iraq and Syria respectively.
Jeremy Corbyn has told ITV News that the Government should "look again" at the decision to target so-called Islamic State in Iraq.Read the full story ›