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.
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.
Syria’s civil war has again spilled into Lebanon, leaving at least four dead. Gunmen fired on Lebanese soldiers and police after the arrest of a man accused of belonging to al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Al Nusra Front.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has told Egyptian authorities their country is on the "frontline of the fight against terrorism." Kerry is in Cairo to seek support for a coalition to fight "Islamic State" jihadists.
Beginning in 1999 as an organization intended to bring down the Jordanian government, the 'Islamic State' has swollen in size and violent scope in recent months. The terror group wants to restore the Islamic caliphate.
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