US-led coalition warplanes have struck an oil refinery controlled by the Islamic State group inside Syria, residents of a Turkish border town said.
The US and and five Arab countries have launched air strikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria for the first time, using fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from ships in the region.
Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said says he will decide by the end of the month on whether more Irish troops should be sent to Syria.
Fiji has sent mixed messages on whether its 45 United Nations peacekeepers that are being held captive by Syrian insurgents will be freed soon.
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said Irish troops serving on a peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights must not be dragged into the civil war in Syria.
Al Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, an official said today.
Defence Minister Simon Coveney has said that Irish troops deployed as part of the UN mission in the disputed Golan Heights will not be replaced unless the mission is reviewed.
Syrian rebels holding dozens of Fijian UN peacekeepers hostage have attacked Filipino troops in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said.
Syrian rebels backed by al-qaida have seized a border crossing in a region where 130 Irish troops will be deployed next month.
An independent United Nations commission has said the Syrian government is likely to have used chlorine gas to attack civilians.