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Actor Ben Affleck, left, US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Russ Feingold, center, and Secretary of State John Kerry talk during a photo opportunity before their meeting about Congo, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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An activist dressed as a polar bear participates in a protest vigil in Lafayette Park across from the White House, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Washington, urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline following the release of the State Department’s new environmental assessment. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, after a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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**FILE** The State Department headquarters is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, after a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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An activist dressed as a polar bear participates in a protest vigil in Lafayette Park across from the White House, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Washington, urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline following the release of the State Department’s new environmental assessment. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Syria has become a focal point for the State Department in the war on terrorism as al Qaeda-linked groups operating there — specifically the al-Nusrah Front — have expansionist aspirations. (Aleppo Media Center AMC via Associated Press)