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John Key says Kiwi troops could follow Australia's lead in sending the SAS as advisors in Iraq.
The US military has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Syrian Kurds in Kobane.
With daily reports about the fight against the Islamic State, what's often lost is stories about those who are living in the crossfire.
US-led warplanes launched 11 air strikes near Kobane over the weekend, helping the town's Kurdish defenders to repulse a new attempt to cut their supply lines into Turkey.
Australia's foreign minister has reached a deal with Baghdad for the deployment of about 200 special forces to assist Iraqi troops in their fight against jihadists.
Kurdish forces fought back in the battle for the border town, while Iraqi forces struggled to hold ground despite coalition strikes on IS positions.
Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria.
A NZ aid worker who has just returned from northern Iraq is cautioning the Government as it considers offering support in the fight against Islamic State militants.
Turkey suffered a humbling defeat in its bid to join the world's "top table", edged out of the Security Council by New Zealand, Angola, Malaysia, Spain and Venezuela.
Bombings in and around Baghdad, including a suicide attack, have killed at least 26 people and wounded dozens, police and medical sources say.
US warplanes have struck 14 times near Kobane, hammering the Islamic State jihadists besieging the key Syrian border town.
Kurdish forces are holding out in Kobane as a jihadist offensive enters its second month.
A contingent of Air Force personnel has flown out of Auckland bound for the Middle East as part of a three-month counter-piracy deployment.
3 News political editor Patrick Gower says it suits John Key to talk up the Islamic State threat, but not admit that we're joining the military fight against the jihadists.
With a large bloc expected to vote for Spain, the real tussle may be between New Zealand and Turkey for a spot on the UN Security Council.
A former employee of a US defence contractor has shot dead one American colleague and wounded another in Saudi Arabia.
Shafiq Ur Rehman says jihadists in Iraq and Syria have no right to call themselves the Islamic State because their "brutality" goes against the teachings of the prophet Muhammad.
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