Britain's most advanced military aircraft, the Lightning F-35B, has flown its first missions over Syria and Iraq as part of ongoing operations against remnants of the Islamic State group, the U.K.'s defense secretary said.
Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on May 28 said France was intensifying diplomatic efforts to prevent six of its citizens being executed in Iraq after they were sentenced to death for belonging to Islamic State.
The French government said on May 27 that it would take "the necessary steps" to try to prevent Iraq from carrying out the death penalty against three French citizens convicted of fighting alongside the ISIL.
Turkey is willing to bring its citizens, especially children born to ISIL militants, in Iraq back to Turkey before Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Ankara's ambassador to Iraq said.
Arab inhabitants of Syria's Deir al-Zor began a third week of pro-tests against the rule of YPG, the largest wave of unrest to sweep the oil-rich region since the U.S.-backed forces took over the territory from ISIL nearly 18 months ago, residents, witnesses and tribal figures said.
The spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has said that if the United States designates the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization, it will hamper democratization efforts in the Middle East and serve militant groups like ISIL.