Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a heavy machine gun as they hold a position on the front line 40km south of Irbil

Iraq welcomes US strike on jihadist target

16 Sep The first strike south of Baghdad in a more than month-long US air campaign hit a jihadist target in Sadr al-Yusufiyah, 25km from the capital, a security spokesman has said.

Australia says 600 troops will be sent to the United Arab Emirates base Pic: courtesy of EPA

Australia to send troops to fight IS

14 Sep Australia has become the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Arseny Yatseniuk also praised a new wave of economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU and the US

Ukraine's PM say Russia aims to recreate USSR

13 Sep Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin's goal is to destroy Ukraine as an independent country and to restore the Soviet Union

Tony Abbott said there are people with the intent to mount attacks in Australia

Australia raises terror alert to 'high'

12 Sep Australia has raised its terror threat level to "high" for the first time in a decade, on concerns about Australians returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria.

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Prince Saud al-Faisal (R), foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, at King Abdulaziz International Airport

Kerry warns against 'war fever'

11 Sep US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the new American campaign against the Islamic State jihadist group should be understood as a counter-terrorism mission.

No decision reached on new sanctions against Russia

EU to hold off on new Russia sanctions

10 Sep Ambassadors of European Union countries did not reach a decision on whether to implement new sanctions against Russia over its military involvement in the war in Ukraine and will meet for talks tomorrow, EU diplomats said.

Kurdish and Iraqi forces have been battling IS fighters in northern Iraq

Iraqi parliament approves new government

08 Sep Iraq's parliament approved a new government headed by Haider al-Abadi as prime minister, in a bid to rescue Iraq from collapse, with sectarianism and Arab-Kurdish tensions on the rise.