Deborah Amos Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

A Houthi Shiite fighter stands guard as people search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa airport in Yemen on Thursday. Hani Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Saudi Arabia, With U.S. Support, Joins Fight Against Rebels In Yemen

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Baghdad Dials Back Expectations For A Timeline On Mosul Offensive

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Kurdish peshmerga fighters keep watch during the battle with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Mosul on Jan. 21. Azad Lashkari/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Under ISIS, Life In Mosul Takes A Turn For The Bleak

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These pop-up targets are part of an advanced drill, named "friend or foe," that tests shooter reaction times. Some targets have a camera, and others, like these pictured, have a gun. The shooter must decide within seconds whether to shoot. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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Saudi Arabia Ramps Up Training To Repel Homegrown Terrorists

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A screen shot from Seven Quests shows a battle with the hero, Rostam, and his troops. The game is based on a 1,000-year-old Iranian poem. Courtesy of Gameguise hide caption

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Video Game Based On Ancient Story Aims For Audiences In Iran, Beyond

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Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, the first Emirati female fighter pilot, flew in the first UAE airstrikes in the American-led campaign against ISIS. AP hide caption

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United Arab Emirates Shows Off Its Military Might

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An Iraqi Christian prays inside a shrine on the grounds of the Mazar Mar Eillia Catholic Church in Irbil, in northern Iraq. Irbil has become home to hundreds of Iraqi Christians who fled their homes as the Islamic State advanced earlier this year. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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With Each New Upheaval In Iraq, More Minorities Flee

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Aid Group Uses Successful Syrian Refugee To Inspire Others In Turkish Camp

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Alleged Islamic State militants stand next to an ISIS flag atop a hill in the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, called Kobane by the Kurds, as seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in Suruc, Turkey, on Monday. Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Smuggler Explains How He Helped Fighters Along 'Jihadi Highway'

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What Does It Mean To Be A Moderate In Syria's Civil War?

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Sunni Moderates May Be Key To Turning Back ISIS Extremists

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Ayaman with his wife, Selma, and their 1-month-old daughter, Shana, who was born in Turkey. Syrian refugee parents who give birth in Turkey are finding it difficult to register their newborns, and many are stateless. Jodi Hilton for NPR hide caption

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Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo

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A Mercy Corps warehouse is filled with hygiene kits for distribution in Syria. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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In Defiance of Damascus, Aid Goes Cross-Border To Rebel-Held Areas

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Emerging Alliances In Mosul Raise Tensions And Complications

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A member of the Kurdish security forces stand guard atop a armored vehicle at Taza district, south of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, Iraq, Friday, June 20, 2014. Emad Matti/AP hide caption

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Iraq's Ethnic Kurds See Opportunity In Nation's Chaos

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