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In a first major victory over Kurdish fighters, the Islamic State captured an oilfield and two towns in northern Iraq.
Commander from Lebanon's Bekaa Valley killed in battle near Mosul, which Islamic State group captured in June.
Iran's official news agency says colonel was killed while defending a Shia Muslim shrine in the city of Samarra.
Army says it has wrested back territory from ISIL fighters, as Washington orders aircraft carrier to head to the Gulf.
Iraqi PM addresses military officers in Samarra and says fight to defeat resurgent Sunni rebels will not be sectarian.
ISIL is now only kilometers away from the Askari Shrine, one of the most venerated Shia places of worship in Iraq.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has outgrown even al-Qaeda as it seeks to establish a new caliphate.
Students and staff leave University of Anbar after gunmen briefly hold them hostage before deserting campus.
Government sources in the city say fighters, who they believe to be members of ISIL, have entered several districts.
At least seven people killed after armed men break into government building and set off explosives in northern city.
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