syndication.ap.orgTurkish artillery fire from the border near Kilis town toward northern Syria, in Kilis, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. A Turkish official says his country is pushing the case for ground operations in Syria, hoping for the involvement of the U.S. and other allies in an international coalition against the Islamic State group. The official told reporters in Istanbul that "without ground operations it is impossible to stop the fighting in Syria" and that Turkey has pressed the issue in recent discussions with the U.S. and other Western nations. (AP Photo/Halit Onur Sandal)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he remains hopeful about a ceasefire and peace talks for Syria, even though the talks to help resolve the nearly 5-year-old civil war that has killed 250,000 people will not resume next week.