Syria

This undated photo released Aug. 25 on a social media site used by Islamic State militants, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows smoke from the detonation of the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra. (Islamic State social media account via AP)

Activists say IS damages ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra

BEIRUT — Islamic State militants in Syria severely damaged the Bel Temple,…

This undated photo released Aug. 25 on a social media site used by Islamic State militants, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows smoke from the detonation of the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra. (Islamic State social media account via AP)
This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria.  (SANA via AP, File)

Activists: Islamic State destroys temple at Syria’s Palmyra

BEIRUT — Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient…

This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria.  (SANA via AP, File)
When the CIA killed al-Qaida's second-in-command in Yemen last month, Obama administration officials celebrated. But many experts are questioning whether the demise of another senior extremist make the United States and its allies any safer.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Obama’s counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism

WASHINGTON — At the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for…

When the CIA killed al-Qaida's second-in-command in Yemen last month, Obama administration officials celebrated. But many experts are questioning whether the demise of another senior extremist make the United States and its allies any safer.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
This undated file image made from a video released by Islamic State militants purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley by the militant group.  (Militant website via AP, File)

US won’t threaten to prosecute hostages’ families for ransom

Softening longstanding policy, the Obama administration will tell families of Americans held…

This undated file image made from a video released by Islamic State militants purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley by the militant group.  (Militant website via AP, File)
U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, waves as she arrives for a visit at the Midyat refugee camp in Mardin, southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border, Saturday, June 20, 2015. Jolie visited the camp which is sheltering those who have fled the 4-year conflict in neighbouring Syria. The UN refugee agency has said the number of Syrian refugees seeking its help now tops two-million - and could be far higher. Turkey is the world's biggest refugee host with 1.59 million refugees, according to the most recent U.N. figures. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Angelina Jolie: We’re living in era of ‘mass displacement’

MARDIN, Turkey — After visiting a camp for Syrian refugees in southeastern…

U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, waves as she arrives for a visit at the Midyat refugee camp in Mardin, southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border, Saturday, June 20, 2015. Jolie visited the camp which is sheltering those who have fled the 4-year conflict in neighbouring Syria. The UN refugee agency has said the number of Syrian refugees seeking its help now tops two-million - and could be far higher. Turkey is the world's biggest refugee host with 1.59 million refugees, according to the most recent U.N. figures. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP

Turkey, Saudi in pact to help anti-Assad rebels

Casting aside U.S. concerns about aiding extremist groups, Turkey and Saudi Arabia…

Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP
AP Photo/Susan WalshPresident Barack Obama speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 44th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington

US 'underestimated' Islamic State threat

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated…

AP Photo/Susan WalshPresident Barack Obama speaks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 44th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington
AP Photo/Richard DrewU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at a NYC Climate Week opening event

Would US have right of hot pursuit in Syria?

Obama administration officials returned Tuesday to citing Congress' 2001 authorization to wage…

AP Photo/Richard DrewU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at a NYC Climate Week opening event
AP Photo/Carolyn KasterSecretary of State John Kerry

Senate ready to support Obama on rebel aid

Eager to adjourn for midterm elections, the Senate steamed toward final congressional…

AP Photo/Carolyn KasterSecretary of State John Kerry
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisPresident Barack Obama reaches into the crowd to greet members of the military after speaking at US Central Command (CentCom) at MacDill Air Force Base

Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send…

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisPresident Barack Obama reaches into the crowd to greet members of the military after speaking at US Central Command (CentCom) at MacDill Air Force Base
Evan Vucci/APPresident Barack Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington

Obama delays Syria vote, says diplomacy may work

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama told a war-weary nation Tuesday night that…

Evan Vucci/APPresident Barack Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington
AP Photo/CBS NewsCBS Evening news anchor Scott Pelley interviews President Barack Obama in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington

Obama: I might lose congressional vote on Syria

WASHINGTON — Battling stiff resistance in Congress, President Barack Obama conceded Monday…

AP Photo/CBS NewsCBS Evening news anchor Scott Pelley interviews President Barack Obama in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington
AP Photo/Ivan SekretarevRussia's President Vladimir Putin

Obama sets Tuesday speech; big challenges on Syria

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Beset by divisions at home and abroad, President…

AP Photo/Ivan SekretarevRussia's President Vladimir Putin
Jamie McCarthy/2012 Getty Images file photoEd Asner says that stars aren't talking about the possible invasion of Syria because they don't want to look "anti-black" by opposing the president.

Why isn’t liberal Hollywood being vocal about Syria?

Edward Asner, the prominent Hollywood liberal and former president of the Screen…

Jamie McCarthy/2012 Getty Images file photoEd Asner says that stars aren't talking about the possible invasion of Syria because they don't want to look "anti-black" by opposing the president.
Maya Alleruzzo/AP file photoU.S. Marines monitor Eager Lion multinational military maneuvers in Quweira

U.S. considers training Syria rebels

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering a plan to use U.S.…

Maya Alleruzzo/AP file photoU.S. Marines monitor Eager Lion multinational military maneuvers in Quweira
AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteSecretary of State John Kerry confers with U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford

Obama wins Senate panel's backing on Syria strike

President Barack Obama's request for speedy congressional backing of a military strike…

AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteSecretary of State John Kerry confers with U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford
AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens at right as Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington

Boehner's aboard: Obama gains Syria-strike support

President Barack Obama gained ground Tuesday in his drive for congressional backing…

AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens at right as Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington
AP Photo/Evan VucciPresident Barack Obama arrives to deliver remarks about the crisis in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday

In first major test, Obama overrules new team

For President Barack Obama's new foreign policy advisers, the first test of…

AP Photo/Evan VucciPresident Barack Obama arrives to deliver remarks about the crisis in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday
Associated PressIn this photo provided by the United Nations

UN General Assembly approves Syria resolution

The U.N. General Assembly approved an Arab-backed resolution Wednesday calling for a political transition…

Associated PressIn this photo provided by the United Nations

‘Gayworld’ month is a pride overload

Here we go again! San Francisco is readying itself for that most…