Turkey will do whatever it can to prevent the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane falling to jihadists, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said after the Turkish Parliament gave the green light for military action.
Turkish authorities have arrested 10 foreigners, near the Syrian border, suspected of wanting to join the Islamic State (IS) and deported them to their countries of origin, the daily Hurriyet reported.
Syrian Kurds battled to defend a key border town from an Islamic State advance on Monday as Kurdish youths from neighbouring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist insurgents.
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 on Thursday.
US President Barack Obama has said the recapturing of the strategic Mosul dam in Northern Iraq by Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by the US air-strikes, is a major step forward in the fight against the Sunni militant group.
It will be "almost impossible" for Iraq to return to how it was before recent sweeping gains by jihadist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the prime minister of the Kurdistan region warned today.