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.

Syrian Rebels Make Significant Military, Political Gains

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As Aleppo residents in the Tariq al-Bab district recover from this week's attack by Syrian regime forces, delegates from the city are in Turkey holding an election for local officials. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Miles From Home, Syrians Vote In Free Elections

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Damascus Dragged Into Syrian War With Latest Wave Of Bombings

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Syrian people wait at a customs gate at the Turkey-Syria border near Reyhanli, Turkey, last week. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing central Syria, heading to southern Turkey. Gaia Anderson/AP hide caption

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Newly Displaced Syrians Head For Turkish Border

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Syrian Opposition Fears Waning Western Support

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Local Opposition Councils Act As Government In Parts Of Syria

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Syrian Army Said To Be Readying Chemical Weapons

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Rebels Making Gains In Syria Conflict

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Rajiv Shah (left), the head of USAID, speaks with children during a visit at the Oncupinar Syrian refugee camp in Turkey, near the Syrian border, on Nov. 27. Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Steps Up Aid (But No Arms) To Syrian Exiles

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Damascus Remains Cut Off By Fighting

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Rebel Forces Make Major Gains In Syria

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Syrians Struggle To Transform Country Locally

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A Syrian Village Is Oasis Of Calm Amid Conflict

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Syria Plunges Into Another Week Of Deep Violence

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The daily fighting in Syria included this gun battle Wednesday involving rebels in the northern city of Aleppo. Still, the rival sides recently worked out a prisoner swap in which two women were freed from state custody, while the rebels released seven pro-government fighters. James Lawler Duggan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Fighting Rages, A Prisoner Swap In Syria

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