At least 95 people, including a number of Kurdish fighters, have escaped a prison run by Islamic State militants in Syria, according to local officials.
Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit, in order to slow down the advance of Shiite militiamen and Iraqi military troops.
A European, of either British or Greek nationality, has been killed while fighting Islamic State militants, alongside Kurdish forces, in northern Syria.
Iraqi military forces have began to move against Islamic State militants, with the aim of reclaiming the major Iraqi city of Tikrit – the home city of former dictator Saddam Hussein.
An Australian man who was killed while fighting Islamic State militants in northern Syria has been named as Ashley Kent Johnston, believed to be the first Westerner killed in fighting.
At least 90 Assyrian Christian men have been abducted by Islamic State militants from villages in northeastern Syria, according to human rights activists in the region.
Following a military operation in Syria, the Turkish government has began construction on a new tomb for the remains of Ottoman Empire founder Suleyman Shah closer to the Turkish-Syria border.
Kurdish Peshmerga troops have reportedly repelled a major Islamic State attack in northern Iraq, southwest of the city of Irbil.
At least 100 people have been killed after Syrian government troops launched a new offensive on the rebel-held city of Aleppo, backed by Hezbollah fighters.
Kurdish fighters have reportedly captured a strategic hilltop just outside of the Syria-Turkey border town of Kobane, in the ongoing fight with the Islamic State.