Another wave of U.S. military personnel arrived in Iraq Thursday as the deadly battle for control of the country rages on.
A bomb blast inside northern Baghdad killed 19 people and wounded 41 more. That comes a day after a suicide attack at a market south of Baghdad killed 13 people, and a car bomb explosion in northern Kirkuk killed six more people and wounded 21 others.
OutFront, CNN Military Analyst - Retired Colonel Peter Mansoor - who was the executive officer to General David Petraeus during the surge in Iraq. Also joining us, CNN Counterterrorism analyst and former CIA official Phil Mudd.
The White House is again stressing that military action is off the table when it comes to ending the brutal civil war in Syria.
The heartbreak of that bloody conflict has been captured in a photograph a Syrian child surrounded by United Nation workers as he trudged through a desert in Jordan.
His family, it appeared at the time, nowhere to be seen.
Bill Weir is takes a closer look at the picture.
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Officials estimate there are roughly 2.5 million Syrian refugees and many of them split up from families.
As for the death toll, the United Nations has stopped counting because it can no longer verify the numbers.
The U.N.'s last count in late July was more than 100,000
It's been eight months since the White House admitted that Syrian President Bashar al Assad had crossed a red line by using chemical weapons on the Syrian people.
But only 11% of those weapons have been destroyed, according to U.N. officials.
There has been a loud silence from America since that red line. And the world and the U.S. are running out of time and options.
"They have refused to open up one line of discussion legitimately about the transition government and it is very clear that Assad is continuing to try to win this from the battlefield rather than come to negotiating table in good faith," Secretary of State John Kerry said.
The security situation there is spinning out of control. For months we've heard reports about atrocities being carried out by a rebel group of al Qaeda inspired extremists.
CNN's Erin Burnett spoke to Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about his foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.
Cantor says America's reputation as a leader has been severely tarnished by our inaction in Syria.
"There’s a residue of America drawing a ride line and failing to live up to its word," Cantor said.
It was supposed to be a diplomatic breakthrough. President Obama avoided American military action in Syria by making a "deal" on chemical weapons.
The problem is - the deal was oversold. There are new concerns about what's really going on in Syria.
Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr is OutFront.
So the U.S. and Russia have finally reached an agreement on a UN resolution to rid Syria of its chemical weapons – but did Russia get exactly what it wanted?
The agreement does not authorize the automatic use of force if Syria violates the terms. Outfront to discuss is State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki.