A bomb that struck close to the Syrian capital Damascus has left at least sixteen people dead. President Assad was dealt another blow when one of his allies admitted the possibility of the rebels winning the conflict.
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has told a US Senate committee that the fight against "Islamic State" won't be "an easy or brief effort." He also said planned airstrikes would target extremist sanctuaries in Syria.
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.
Up to nine Germans have carried out suicide bombings for the "Islamic State" terror group this year, a German research team reports. Berlin is weighing its response amid fears that the number could continue to grow.
The US has bombed a suspected "Islamic State" target near the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the first airstrike close to the capital in the current campaign. World leaders in Paris pledged to fight IS "by any means necessary."
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