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.

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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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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