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Refugees mainly from Syria, Iran and Iraq. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
Refugees mainly from Syria, Iran and Iraq. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
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To seek peace in Syria, US offers to cooperate with Russia

Frustrated by months of failure in Syria, the Obama administration is taking what might be its final offer to Moscow: Enhanced intelligence and military cooperation against the Islamic State and other extremist groups if Syria's Russian-backed president Bashar Assad upholds a ceasefire with U.S.-supported rebel groups and starts a political transition.

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Refugees mainly from Syria, Iran and Iraq are seen inside a registration camp. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
Refugees mainly from Syria, Iran and Iraq are seen inside a registration camp. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
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In internal document, US diplomats demand Syria action

Dozens of State Department employees have endorsed an internal document that advocates U.S. military action to pressure Syria's government into accepting a cease-fire and engaging in peace talks, officials said Thursday. The position is at odds with U.S. policy.

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Judge's gavel (Photodisc, ThinkStock)
Judge's gavel (Photodisc, ThinkStock)
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3 guilty of conspiracy to commit murder abroad in IS case

Three Minnesota men accused of plotting to go to Syria to join the Islamic State group were convicted Friday of conspiracy to commit murder overseas.

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Mortarboard and Diploma (Fuse, ThinkStock)
Fuse, ThinkStock
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Refugees and scholars: Colleges offer war-torn a route to US

Colleges in the U.S. are opening their doors -- and their financial aid -- to Syrian refugees.

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In this photo taken May 21, 2016, Barcham Zana, left, and Helene Osman, at a training camp in northern Syria where US military advisers are working with local Arab volunteers who want to fight the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)
In this photo taken May 21, 2016, Barcham Zana, left, and Helene Osman, at a training camp in northern Syria where US military advisers are working with local Arab volunteers who want to fight the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)
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US military trains eclectic group of anti-IS fighters

The number of Arab volunteers has surged this spring, following a series of battlefield gains against IS, including the retaking of al-Shaddadeh in Hassakeh province.

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Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, and Riad Hijab, head of the Higher Negotiations Committee, the Syrian opposition coalition negotiating in Geneva, chat during a joint stroll prior to a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Germany and France with the Staffan de Mistura, U.N. special envoy for Syria, and Riad Hijab, head of the Higher Negotiations Committee, the Syrian opposition coalition negotiating in Geneva at the guest house of the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)
Officials in Geneva at the guest house of the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)
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US announces extension of Syria truce to Aleppo

The United States and Russia have persuaded Syria's government and moderate rebels to extend the country's fragile truce to the northern city of Aleppo, although sporadic clashes continue, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to members of the media at the State Department May 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. Secretary Kerry made remarks to mark World Press Freedom Day and discussed the current situation in Syria. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to members of the media at the State Department May 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Kerry warns Assad to start transition by Aug. 1 — or else

Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria's government and its backers in Moscow and Tehran on Tuesday that they face an August deadline for starting a political transition to move President Bashar Assad out, or they risk the consequences of a new U.S. approach toward ending the 5-year-old civil war.

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President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama ( Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
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Administration: Up to 250 military personnel headed to Syria

President Barack Obama will send an additional 250 military personnel to Syria to help local forces fighting the Islamic State group, increasing to 300 the number of U...

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MORIA, GREECE - MARCH 12: Refugees mainly from Syria, Iran and Iraq are seen inside a registration camp while waiting to be registrated, outside the village of Moria, on March 12, 2016 in Moria, Greece (Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
MORIA, GREECE - MARCH 12: Refugees mainly from Syria, Iran and Iraq are seen inside a registration camp while waiting to be registrated, outside the village of Moria, on March 12, 2016 in Moria, Greece (Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
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NJ stops cooperating with program, but refugees will still settle in state

Refugees will keep settling in New Jersey, but the federal government will directly work with nonprofits to oversee the program as the state is dropping out.

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Ruins are seen at al-Qaryatain city in the central city of Homs, Syria on Monday, April 4, 2016. Syrian troops and allied militiamen pressed on with an offensive against Islamic State militants in central Syria on Monday, clashing with the extremists around the town of Qaryatain a day after it was captured by pro-government forces. The Obama administration says Iran is drawing down its elite fighting force from Syria, yet Iran is still taking casualties and Tehran said Monday it has dispatched commandos to the war despite a partial cease-fire that took effect a month ago. (AP Photo)
Ruins are seen at al-Qaryatain city in the central city of Homs, Syria on Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo)
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US says Iran forces pulling back in Syria; others say no

The Obama administration is making the case that Iran is drawing down its elite fighting force from Syria in an effort to allay fears that Tehran is using its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria to strengthen its influence across the Middle East. Yet the Iranian government said Monday it has dispatched commandos to the war and it is still taking high-ranking casualties.

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