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.
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.
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.
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.
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