The attack is the latest in a string carried out by local Islamic militants, though authorities deny the existence of operational ties to international terror groups.
With the civil war in Syria at an impasse, Bashar al-Assad wants the world to see him as legitimate.
Seven Indonesians taken hostage Thursday represent the latest in a spike of kidnappings plaguing the Philippines.
CIA Director John Brennan told Congress on Thursday that America has yet to contain the global reach of the Islamic State.
NATO said Wednesday it will keep its bases in Afghanistan open and possibly extend its mission there, while US officials may postpone the withdrawal of thousands of troops planned for later this year.
Even after the mass shooting in Orlando this weekend Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric is not the way forward, President Obama said in a speech Tuesday.
Testimony from an American who joined ISIS in Syria and then defected could be used to persuade others to stay out of the fight.
In a Saturday evening televised speech, Rodrigo Duterte, president-elect for the Philippines, recently urged citizens to kill drug dealers in their neighborhood.
A Frenchman detained last month with a cache of weapons had planned attacks during Euro 2016, according to Ukrainian police. The US State Department has issued a related Europe Travel Alert.
Al Shabaab, an Al Qaeda affiliate that aims to overthrow the government of Somalia, claimed responsibility for the attack.