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Air strikes continue against IS in Iraq and Syria

The United States and allies have targeted Islamic State with 22 air strikes in Iraq and nine in Syria. Credit: Google Maps

The United States and allies have targeted Islamic State militants with 22 air strikes in Iraq on Friday and nine in Syria, the Command Joint Task Force said.

Seven of the strikes were near the Iraqi city of Fallujah and hit bridges, a bomb-making facilities and other strategic targets.

Others hit targets near the cities of Al Huwayjah, Bayji, Habbaniyah, Makmur, Mosul, Ramadi, Sinjar and Tel Afar and hit tactical units, weapons and other assets.

In Syria, IS fighting positions, tactical units and equipment were targeted by air strikes near Al Hasakah, Ar Raqqah, Dayr Az and Kobani, a statement from The Command Joint Task Force said.

Turkey confirms fresh attacks on IS and PKK targets

Turkish fighter jets launched attacks on camps of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq overnight, the prime minister's office has said in a statement.

Ground attacks were also simultaneously launched against the PKK and Islamic State in northern Syria, it said.

Turkey's state-run press agency released images of what they say are earlier strikes on IS targets across the border in Syria.

It is the first time Turkey has struck Kurds in northern Iraq since a peace deal was announced in 2013 between Ankara and the rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

Tensions have flared with Kurds in recent days after an IS suicide bombing in the south-eastern Turkish city of Suruc on Monday killed 32 people.


Three Spanish journalists 'kidnapped in Syria'

The Syrian city of Aleppo where the reporters are thought to have been captured. Credit: Reuters

Three Spanish journalists have been kidnapped in Syria, the Spanish Press Association FAPE reported.

It is thought the freelance reporters were captured in the Syrian city of Aleppo where they had spent several days.

They are believed to be Angel Sastre, Antonio and Jose Manuel Lopez Pampliega, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.

The paper reported the last time the three were heard from was on June 10.

The Spanish Foreign Ministry said it was aware of the situation and was "working on it".

At least ten dead in Aleppo missile attack

Ten dead in Aleppo after missile attack. Credit: Google Maps

A missile attack on a rebel-held area of the Syrian city of Aleppo has killed at least ten people, and wounded up to 50 people.

Women and children were among those killed in the attack on the Maghayer neighbourhood of the city.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said surface-to-surface missile also destroyed several houses in the area.


Students among dead in suspected IS suicide bombing

The self-proclaimed Islamic State is believed to be behind a suicide bombing in southern Turkey which has left around 30 people dead.

The victims, mostly students, had gathered just six miles from the border with Syria to announce a plan to help rebuild the city of Kobani.

Video footage has now emerged which appears to show the moment the bomber struck, and the devastating aftermath, where newspapers were placed to protect the bodies of those killed.

ITV News Middle East correspondent Geraint Vincent reports:

Fallon denies hiding British involvement in Syria strikes

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. Credit: Rick Findler/PA Wire

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has denied misleading the public after it emerged that British pilots had been involved in airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria.

Concerns were raised after a Freedom of Information request revealed the involvement of British personnel in the US-led strikes, despite parliament voting against action in Syria in 2013.

Speaking in parliament today, Fallon said five British pilots had been embedded with the coalition in the past year.

After shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker accused the government of undermining public confidence by not revealing the move sooner, Fallon responded that the practice of "embedding" was "nothing new" and had been "going on for the last 40 or 50 years".

The defence secretary added that ministerial approval had been given for the embedding, adding that a further 75 personnel had been embedded with US, Canadian and French forces "in a range of operations" against IS in Syria.

Fallon also told MPs British planes and crews were flying intelligence-gathering missions over Syria on behalf of the coalition.

White House condemns 'heinous terror attack' in Turkey

The White House has condemned what it called a "heinous terror attack" in Turkey which left 30 people dead.

The victims, mostly young students, had gathered in the mostly-Kurdish town of Suruc to announce plans to help rebuild the city of Kobani, Syria.

We express our solidarity with the Turkish government and the Turkish people and reaffirm our undeterred resolve to the fight against the shared threat of terrorism.

– Josh Earnest, White House spokesman

Turkey increases border security after suicide bombing

Turkey has drawn up urgent measures to increase security along its fraught border with Syria, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced.

It comes after a suspected Islamic State suicide bomber killed 30 people - many of them student activists - in the border town of Suruc.

We have convened with security officials and planned the steps that we will be taking.

Measures on our border with Syria will continue, and will be increased.

– Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Prime Minister
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