The international community is demanding UN access to the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria.
An airstrike from the US military's new campaign to combat "Islamic State" has struck near Baghdad. Meanwhile, the US Congress is looking to approve a measure to arm moderate Syrian rebels before midterm elections.
Chlorine was "likely" to have been used in attacks on north Syrian villages earlier this year, the world's chemical watchdog has confirmed. The latest reports support similar UN evidence found in August.
Heavy clashes between Islamist rebels and the Syrian army are raging on Israel's doorstep in the Golan Heights. Now Israel has begun to cooperate with the Assad regime and is preparing to accept its first refugees.
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.
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