U.S. Signals Intensified Effort on Syria, From Combat to Talks

  • Carter says American forces will participate in raids
  • Kerry heading to Vienna for Syria talks that Iran may join

Ashton Carter, U.S. secretary of defense, speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. military strategy in the Middle East in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 27, 2015. The U.S. will participate in more raids against Islamic State similar to the one last week in which an American was killed assisting in raid on a prison, Carter said in comments about the budget deal's defense funding.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The U.S. is taking a more active military role on the ground in the fight against Islamic State, even as it intensifies diplomatic efforts to end the war in Syria by agreeing to Iran’s participation in international talks.

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