The aim of the strikes is to stop jihadists from moving into autonomous Kurdistan and carrying out a potential genocide against displaced minorities.
Deeply disturbing images show Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants executing soldiers or security force members. AFP explains why they ran them.
A soldier with mental health issues killed three people and wounded 16 before turning the gun on himself.
If a soldier suffers a serious brain injury from blast-exposure, a medic will know instantly just how serious the damage is to the affected area.
A "combat codpiece" protects the pelvic region from roadside bombs.