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.

Syria's ongoing fighting is increasingly a sectarian conflict with the majority Sunni Muslims facing off against the Alawites who make up most of the country's ruling elite. Here, government opponents rally in the northern town of Mareh on June 29. Vedat Xhymshit/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Syrian Defector Confronts A Sectarian Divide

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Syrian Violence Escalates Into Civil War

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A Syrian youth flashes the victory sign as he stands in front of a building that was covered with anti-government graffiti — though local authorities painted over it — in the town of Duma, outside Damascus, in February. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian Youth Lead Rebellion, And Teach Their Elders

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U.N. Sees 'Lack Of Willingness' For Peace In Syria

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Anti-government protesters in the northern Syrian village of Hass protest on Thursday following the deaths of dozens of civilians a day earlier in the village of Mazraat al-Qubair. The banner reads, "The al-Qubair massacre challenges the world's humanity." Edlib News Network/AP hide caption

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In A Syrian Village, Evidence Of A Slaughter

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Morocco's Islamist Justice and Development Party heads the country's new government, the result of snap elections called by the king. Here, Abdelilah Benkirane, the party's secretary general and now prime minister, arrives for an election rally in Sale on Nov. 1. The party now faces political as well as economic challenges. Paul Schemm/AP hide caption

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In Morocco, Islamists Learn To Work With A King

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Resolve Of Syria's Pro-Government Forces Hardens

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The U.S. is still trying to formulate new policies for the fast-changing politics of the Middle East. Here, Hillary Clinton stands with Libyan fighters who ousted Moammar Gadhafi during an Oct. 18 visit by the U.S. secretary of state to the capital Tripoli. Kevin Lamarque/AFP/Getty Images) hide caption

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Is The Arab Spring Good Or Bad For The U.S.?

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Qatar Emerges As Major Force In Arab World

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In this frame grab from an amateur video posted on YouTube, members of the Arab League monitor violence in the Syrian city of Homs this week. YouTube hide caption

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In Syria, Arab League Observers Caught In Crossfire

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Hundreds Killed In Bloody Month For Syrian Uprising

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Sectarian Violence Devastates Syrian City

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U.S. Vice President Biden (right) and Turkish President Abdullah Gul meet in Ankara, Turkey, on Friday. Biden praised Turkey for putting pressure on neighboring Syria to stop its bloody crackdown of protesters. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/AP hide caption

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After Fleeing, Syrian Activists Regroup In Turkey

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Syrian women stroll past posters of President Bashar Assad in Damascus on Monday. Assad has relied heavily on his security forces as he battles an uprising now in its eighth month.

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In Syria, Can The President Outlast The Protesters?

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