Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has spurned any hopes of negotiations in the war in Syria, calling rebels terrorists. the international community responsed with concern and anger at Assad's speech, his first in public in more than half a year.
Politicians in Washington have voted in favor of plans for the US military to arm and train moderate rebels in Syria, as it plans attacks on "Islamic State" fighters also opposing President Bashar al-Assad.
Rebels continue to clash with Syrian troops in the Golan Heights. Al Qaeda-linked fighters took a border crossing to Israel from Syrian soldiers last week and are currently holding dozens of UN peacekeepers hostage.
Airstrikes against "Islamic State" ("IS") have been extended in Syria as part of "near continuous" raids against the jihadist group. This comes as three more European governments have agreed to join the strikes.
Airstrikes carried out by the US and Arab allies on Syrian positions held by the jihadist group "Islamic State" have caused heavy casualties, a monitoring group says. Damascus says it was informed of the operation.
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