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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to members of the media at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, during his meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy. (AP Photo)

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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)