French ground forces are heading to northern Mali to fight Islamist rebels. A West African regional force is expected to join the conflict in the coming days, with logistical help from Germany.
Paris-based journalist Franck Guillory tells DW how the beheading of French citizen Herve Gourdel by an Islamic State (IS) affiliated group known as Jund al-Khilafah has changed popular thinking in France.
Thousands of Kurds fleeing the "Islamic State" have crossed into Turkey. The militant group has seized Kurdish villages in northern Syria over the past two days.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is continuing his efforts to put together a coalition to take on "Islamic State" fighters in northern Iraq and Syria. The next stop on his tour of the Middle East is Cairo.
A bomb attack has killed two Lebanese soldiers and wounded three near the Syrian border. In August, the area was the scene of a major battle between the Lebanese army and jihadists who had streamed across the border.
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