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.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has referred to the advance of Islamists in Kobani and the great loss of lives there as a 'tragedy.' As Turkey refuses to send in troops, Kurdish demonstrations persist.
Turkey has reiterated its stance that fighting the "Islamic State" alone is "not realistic." NATO and US envoys are meeting with Turkish officials over the next two days amid a border crisis.
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.
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