Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the U.S. was no longer interested in pursuing regime change in Syria.
The fall of the Syrian city could signal the end of ISIS’s state-building project.
Terrified residents fled to nearby hills.
A Kurdish and Arab coalition, backed by U.S. special forces, is waging the ground offensive against ISIS.
A daring raid behind enemy lines initiated a new phase in the battle for the Syrian city.
Turkey summoned Russia's envoy after a Turkish border guard was killed by sniper fire coming from a Kurdish-held part of northwestern Syria, where Moscow was active.
Although it was unclear how the zones would work, safe havens could ratchet up U.S. military involvement in Syria and mark a departure from President Obama's more cautious approach.
Eighteen Russian citizens fighting alongside Syrian government forces have been killed since January 29.
The Syrian military once again faced off in Damascus with jihadist rebels attempting to strengthen the opposition's stance in international peace talks.
The Lebanese militia said rebel shelling had killed Badreddine in Syria in 2016.
Al-Qaeda tells Muslims to kill Americans with God's blessing after accusing the U.S. of a deadly mosque strike in Syrian rebel territory.
The U.S. military has considered sending up to 1,000 more troops to Syria, an escalation amid a delicate balance of foreign powers fighting the Islamic State group.
Europe cannot wish the refugee crisis away, say the filmmakers of new documentary "Lost in Lebanon."
President Donald Trump also has reportedly weighed sending up to 1,000 U.S. troops to Kuwait.
The U.S.-led coalition believes Baghdadi has left the battle for the city in the hands of his commanders.
'This is not a return to business as usual, and the Foreign Secretary will continue to be robust on those issues where we differ,' spokesperson says.
"I don't foresee us bringing in large numbers of coalition troops, mainly because what we're doing is, in fact, working," Townsend told a Pentagon news briefing.