Spain and Morocco arrested 14 people on August 25 suspected of planning attacks and recruiting fighters to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the Spanish government said.
Islamic State militants on August 23 blew up the temple of Baal Shamin, one of the most important sites in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, said Maamoun Abdul Karim, the country's antiquities chief.
The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group was killed during a US air strike in Iraq, the White House said on August 21, dealing a blow to the group that has sought to form a caliphate across the Muslim world.
Gunmen fired on police outside an Istanbul palace and a bomb killed eight soldiers in the southeast on August 19, heightening a sense of crisis as Turkey's leaders struggled to form a new government.
A spate of bombings across Baghdad killed at least 24 people on August 15, two days after the deadliest attack in the Iraqi capital since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took office one year ago.
Six people were killed and eight wounded on August 14 as violence between Kurdish militants and Turkish soldiers flared up again in Turkey's southeast, security sources and the military said.
(VOV) - It has been one year since the US launched a massive operation against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The fight against IS has cost billions of dollars but IS continues to expand its network, forcing the US-led coalition to take more drastic measures.
The United States launched its first manned air strikes against Islamic State targets from the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on August 12, the US military said.
Russia and Saudi Arabia failed in talks on August 11 to overcome their differences on the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a central dispute in Syria's civil war that shows no sign of abating despite renewed diplomacy.
Iraq's parliament voted unanimously on August 11 for the biggest shakeup in its governing system since the US military occupation, eliminating entire layers of government and giving Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi new powers.
Two women shot at the US consulate in Istanbul on August 10 and at least nine people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces, weeks after Ankara launched a crackdown on Islamic State, Kurdish and far-left militants.
Two security force members were killed and 24 were wounded in a suicide bombing attack overnight by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey's eastern province of Agri, the local governor's office said in a statement on August 2.
Two Turkish soldiers were killed and four were in injured by a car bomb and homemade explosives near the southeastern city of Diyarbakir overnight, the military said on July 26.
Turkish fighter jets launched attacks on camps of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq overnight, the prime minister's office said on July 25, in what is likely to be a major blow to the stalled Kurdish peace process.
A car bomb exploded in a crowded marketplace in a mainly Shi'ite Muslim district of the Iraqi capital on July 22, killing at least 20 people, police and medical sources said.