Nearly two dozen nations gather on February 2 to plot their fight against the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq and how to choke off its rise in Libya.
France and Belgium vowed on February 1 to intensify cooperation in the fight against Islamist radicals, including a more rapid exchange of information on potential militants and efforts to prevent forgery of documents.
The United Nations appealed on January 31 for US$861 million to help Iraq meet a big funding gap in its 2016 emergency response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the war against Islamic State.
Iraq needs US$1.56 billion this year to finance its response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the war against Islamic State, which has displaced more than 3.3 million people since 2014, according to a government report released on January 31.
Seven people with suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) have been detained, Malaysian police said on January 24 after Kuala Lumpur raised security alert following terrorist attacks in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 14.
An attempted attack by Islamic State on a military base in northern Iraq shows Turkey's decision to deploy troops there was justified, President Tayyip Erdogan said on December 8, suggesting Russia was stirring up a row over the issue.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi planted the national flag in Ramadi on December 29 after the army retook the city center from Islamic State a day earlier, a victory that could help vindicate his strategy for rebuilding the military after stunning defeats.
Iraq's army chief was quoted on December 23 as saying he needed only days to drive Islamic State from Ramadi, the city whose fall in May exposed the weakness of the Baghdad government and dampened hopes of restoring control in the north and west.
(VOV) - Conflicts between the Turkish army and Kurdish armed forces are escalating. The conflicts are undermining efforts to restore peace and could spark a civil war in Turkey.
The United States and its allies conducted 15 air strikes in Iraq and seven in Syria against Islamic State on December 12, the coalition leading the operations said.
President Tayyip Erdogan declared on December 11 he would not bow to Iraqi demands he withdraw Turkish troops from a camp close to the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, and Baghdad said it would ask the UN Security Council to order them to leave.
The United States is prepared to deploy advisers and attack helicopters if requested by Iraq to help it "finish the job" of retaking the city of Ramadi from Islamic State, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on December 9.
(VOV) - Turkey has deployed troops to the Iraq city of Mosul. Earlier, the US announced a plan to triple US troops in Iraq and deploy a "specialized expeditionary targeting force" to Iraq to work alongside local forces against IS.
Russia's defense ministry said on December 2 it had proof that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his family were benefiting from the illegal smuggling of oil from Islamic State-held territory in Syria and Iraq.
The United States said on December 1 it was deploying a new force of special operations troops to Iraq to conduct raids against Islamic State there and in neighboring Syria, a ratcheting up of Washington's campaign against the group that was quickly rejected by Iraq's government.
Tunisian authorities said on November 25 a suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with plastic explosive blew up a presidential guard bus a day earlier, killing at least 12 troops in an attack claimed by Islamic State militants.
(VOV) - Countries are collaborating in the hunt for individuals behind the terrorist attacks in Paris and airstrikes targeting the Islamic State have been intensified in Iraq and Syria.
Gunmen and bombers attacked busy restaurants, bars and a concert hall at locations around Paris on November 13, killing dozens of people in what a shaken President Francois Hollande described as an unprecedented terrorist attack.
France will deploy its aircraft carrier to support operations against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, President Francois Hollande said on November 5, bolstering Paris' firepower in the region amid international efforts to launch Syrian peace talks.
A Russian charter plane carrying 224 people crashed in a mountainous part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on October 31, killing all on board, Egyptian officials said.