Syrian Kurdish fighters have appealed to other Kurdish parties in the region for military aid to repel an advance by Islamic State fighters in northern Syria near the Turkish border, a Kurdish military official said.
Islamic State militants have captured 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria, Kurdish military officials said.
This is a major advance towards the city of Ayn al-Arab at the border with Turkey, the officials said.
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Militants from the Islamic State have made further ground in northern Iraq, seizing more towns after residents fled the area in fear.
Iraq’s largest Christian town, Qaraqosh, was seized by the Jihadists after Kurdish troops were forced into a hasty retreat, according to AFP.
The towns are among many in the area where thousands of Christians who were forced to abandon their homes in the main northern city of Mosul last month had found refuge.
Militant group Isis has ordered all girls and women in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, a UN official said.
The "fatwa" issued by the fighters would potentially afflict 4 million women and girls, UN co-ordinator Jacqueline Badcock said, saying the order was "of grave concern".
This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed. This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists.
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A mosque attended by two British jihadis fighting with Islamist rebels in Syria has denied teaching extremist ideologies.
According to Sky News, the Al-Manar Centre in Cardiff has confirmed that two men who appeared alongside a third Briton in an Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (Isis) propaganda video had visited the mosque.
Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan, both from the Welsh city, featured prominently in the video by Isis, which urged Muslims in the West to join their fight.
However, the mosque denied it encouraged members to take up arms to join extremists abroad.
In a statement reported by the broadcaster, the Al-Manar Centre said: "It is worth mentioning that ACT's stance is well known, that we are opposed to going to Syria or any other country, to participate in an armed struggle and have always made this clear."