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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Iraqi Territory Lost To Insurgents May Be Tough To Retake

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The Shape Of Extremist Ambitions In Iraq And Beyond

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Women walk past election posters of Syria's President Bashar Assad on a Damascus street on Monday. Despite the civil war, the election will be held Tuesday in areas controlled by Assad's government. Assad became president after his father's death in 2000 and is assured of winning a third seven-year term. Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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What Syria's President Seeks From A Not-So-Democratic Election

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Will The U.S. Arm Syrian Rebels?

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Syrian Conflict Marches Into Fourth Year

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Iranian shoppers buy vegetables from a street vendor in Tehran last November, a day after a six-month nuclear deal took effect. The U.S. says crippling sanctions — which caused prices for necessities like bread, rice and soap to increase — forced Iran's hand. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Economic Sanctions Play Out In Strange Ways In Iran

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Table's Laid And Guests Are Ready: Syria Peace Talks Set To Begin

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Surprise Invitation Lands Syrian Peace Talks In Hot Water

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Al-Qaida Extremists Fight For Influence In Iraq, Syria

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Refugees warm their hands at a refugee camp in Harmanli, Bulgaria, on Nov. 27. More Syrians are turning up in Europe. Many are trying to get to northern Europe, believing that is the best place to start a new life. Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With The Help Of Smugglers, Syrian Refugees Sneak Into Europe

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A health worker administers polio vaccine as part of a UNICEF-supported campaign in Damascus. Aid agencies sometimes have to negotiate with rebel groups and work in dangerous situations to immunize vulnerable children. Omar Sanadiki/AP hide caption

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A Conquered Foe Returns To War-Torn Syria: Polio

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How Food Aid Is Being Used As A Weapon In Syria

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