U.S. President Barack Obama has reportedly asked the Pentagon to draw up plans for a Syrian no-fly zone to cut off the Damascus regime's arms supplies.
A coalition of Syrian insurgent groups has backed away from a more radical group that has allied itself with a branch of al-Qaida in Iraq, officials say.
The merger of al-Qaida in Iraq and the al-Nusra Front in Syria is a harbinger of advances for militant Islam in the Middle East, underlining how the Syrian civil war has become the catalyst for transnational jihadist forces that could threaten both Israel and Iran.
Despite Western claims that al-Qaida's on the ropes, counter-terrorism experts warn that jihadist forces remain as dangerous as ever.
Tunisian jihadists are flocking to Syria to fight alongside Islamist forces fighting to topple the Damascus regime, just as they did in Iraq in 2003.
The following is President Barack Obama's State of the Union address delivered Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol:
Al Qaida is being blamed for a suicide car bomb in central Yemen that killed at least eight government soldiers, military officials said.
The bloodbath at a major natural gas complex in Algeria has raised concerns that other key energy centers across the Middle East could now become targets for Islamist militants.
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France will send nearly 2,000 additional troops to Mali to assist the country's army until African troops arrive, President Francois Hollande said Tuesday.