Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.
Jubilant Fijians celebrated on Friday the release of 45 UN peacekeepers from the South Pacific nation who were kidnapped by al Qaeda linked rebels on the Golan Heights, hailing them as heroes after their two-week ordeal.
Arab nations rallied Thursday behind US President Barack Obama`s call to expand operations against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, as Damascus warned it would consider any action on its territory as an attack.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged President Bashar al-Assad to seek a political solution to Syria`s war, saying this would help international efforts against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, al-Hayat newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Heavy fighting between Syrian army forces and rebels erupted on the Golan Heights on Monday, a Reuters photographer said, but it was unclear if either of the two sides had gained an advantage to control a key frontier crossing.
Islamic State jihadists have executed "dozens" of fleeing Syrian soldiers, a monitor said Thursday, the latest in a string of brutal abuses alarming Western powers who fear a global spread of the terror.
Syria's Bashar al-Assad is not the West's partner in the fight against terrorism but an ally of Islamic extremists wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, French President Francois Hollande warned on Thursday.