Kurdish fighters continue to gain ground against the self-described Islamic State in the Syrian border town of Kobane. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces have reportedly regained full control of the country's largest oil refinery.
Two hundred Free Syrian Army fighters entered the besieged Syrian border town Wednesday. Turkey is also allowing Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq to transit through Turkey to Kobane.
Turkey's prime minister told the BBC that the US-led coalition against Islamic State must broaden its mandate to target the overthrow of Syria's president. The battle for Kobane on the Syria-Turkish border is ongoing.
Dubious matchmakers and criminal gangs are preying on the Syrian women and girls who have sought shelter in Turkey. The sexual exploitation ranges from illicit marriages to prostitution.
The battle for Kobane, a Syrian border town, may have tipped in favor of Kurdish militia seeking to fend off militants from the self-styled Islamic State. US-led airstrikes have played a role.
It's hard to put together a successful coalition when the partners don't agree on priorities and objectives.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says training up to 50,000 Syrian rebels is crucial to fighting Islamic State militants. The US said Monday that Turkey had agreed to train rebels there.