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 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.
Francois Hollande has expressed his country's support for Iraq's new government. The French president's trip to Baghdad came as France was considering joining a US-led bombing campaign on Islamist extremists.
Barack Obama says the US will cooperate with other nations to fight the "Islamic State." The president has ordered airstrikes to halt IS fighters who made rapid advances earlier this year as Iraqi forces melted away.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo to try to drum up support for a coalition against "Islamic State" extremists. Relations between the US and Egypt have been strained since last year's military coup.
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