Since the Islamic State swept into Sinjar in August, 2014, the women have been treated as property of the group's fighters, who marry, trade, or sell them.
A senior Peshmerga official said the serviceman was killed near Tel Asqof, north of Mosul, which Islamic State occupied at dawn on Tuesday. Early information suggested he had been killed by a sniper.
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The military academy is the only institution recognized by the Iraqi armed forces.
By Tomas Urbina
A truck bomb left 19-year-old Shaelynn Jabs deaf in one ear a month after her German mentor was killed in action.
One official with the Kurdish militia known as the PKK believes the children are no longer in Iraq, and that their father may have taken them across the border into Iran.
The Kurds have asserted de-facto control of a large swath of northern Syria amid the civil war — now they are poised to formally declare their own federal system.
The Turkish army shelled Kurdish militia in northern Syria for a second day on Sunday, while Russia made clear it would continue bombing Syrian rebel targets, raising doubts that a planned ceasefire would bring much relief.
Robert Somerville is sitting in a high-security Australian detention center, waiting for his 17-hour flight back to Canada. He's found out first-hand that Australia has little tolerance for foreign fighters of any kind.
A new report accuses the Kurds of sectarian violence, while an intelligence assessment says Ottawa should vet whether its citizens are fighting with the PKK.
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During a joint news conference with Turkey's prime minister, the US vice president described the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as a terror group "plain and simple."
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds in Istanbul and Diyarbakir protesting clashes that have reportedly killed at least 110 Kurdish militants.
Two members of the Turkish security forces were also reported killed during four days of clashes, and Turkish jets reportedly bombed PKK camps in northern Iraq.
By Justin Ling
The surprise attack occurred Wednesday overnight in northern Iraq. Major-General Chuck Lamarre said the IS troop strength was “significant” and likely totaled in the hundreds.
VICE News is on the frontline as around 7,500 Kurdish special forces, peshmerga and Yazidi fighters attempt to take back the key town of Sinjar, backed by US airstrikes.
John Robert Gallagher's body is still making its way from Syria to Iraq and eventually to Canada carried by the rebel fighters he volunteered to join. He is the first Canadian volunteer fighter to die in the war against the Islamic State.
By John Beck
Turkish media outlets published CCTV footage said to show British media worker and former BBC journalist Jacqueline Sutton in Istanbul's Ataturk airport shortly before her death.
The Kurds have been fiercely defending the city of Kirkuk since last summer, holding ground that they insist they will never surrender to the Islamic State terror insurgency.
The Turkish military responded with airstrikes after an attack that could be the bloodiest assault since the collapse of a ceasefire in July.