It was the first meeting between Kerry and Lavrov since the collapse of a second attempted ceasefire in September.
Would things have turned out for the better had you taken a pinprick strike when the chemical weapons issue came out? Would a no-fly zone have helped?
Clashes also rage on the outskirts of Sadad, a nearby town mostly inhabited by Christians.
Bush's comments to Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas leaked to Bloomberg View.
US president tells NBC News he is in contact with family of woman being held by terror group.