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'Miami Herald' Reporter Visits Father Of Navy SEAL Killed In Yemen Raid

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Pentagon Officials Review Overall Strategy To Fight ISIS

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Palestinian Arab Idol TV show winners Yaacoub Shahin (center), Ammar Mohammed (left) and Amir Dandan stand on stage during the final in the pan-Arab song contest on Feb. 25, 2017 at MBC studios in Zouk Mosbeh, north of Beirut. Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New Book Focuses On The 'Humanity Of Syria' Lost In The War

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A member of the Syrian government forces mans a checkpoint in Homs, the country's third-largest city, on Saturday. Stringer/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kuwait is holding its National Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Kuwait Celebration At Trump Hotel Raises Conflict Of Interest Questions

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Yahya Abu Romman stands outside his family's home in downtown Amman. The 22-year-old was deported from the U.S. after landing in Chicago at the end of January with a valid visa. He says border officers questioned why he holds a Jordanian passport when he was born in Syria. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Deported With A Valid U.S. Visa, Jordanian Says Message Is 'You're Not Welcome'

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Burned, twisted metal from motorcycles covered an area where a suicide attacker blew up his small pickup truck outside a security office on Friday in the village of Sousian in northern Syria. AP hide caption

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Lawyer Calls For Fate Of Prisoners To Be Included In Syria Peace Talks

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (far right) attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on Thursday. Shoigu announced the use of 162 Russian weapons in Syria on the eve of the Defenders of the Fatherland national holiday, celebrated in Russia on Thursday in honor of the nation's military. Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP hide caption

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Russian Defense Minister Says His Military Has Tested 162 Weapons In Syria

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Jordanian Man Deported During First Days Of Trump's Travel Ban

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Watani: My Homeland follows Hala Kamil and her family as they move from Aleppo, Syria, to a small German city that welcomes refugees. Alina Emrich/Courtesy of Dish Communications hide caption

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These Oscar-Nominated Documentaries Tell Intimate Stories Of Syria's Civil War

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks during the Munich Security Conference last week. McCain's office has confirmed that while he was overseas, he met with U.S. forces in Syria about defeating ISIS. Matthias Schrader/AP hide caption

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Volunteers from a local monument company help to reset vandalized headstones on Feb. 22 at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a spike in incidents around the country, including bomb threats at Jewish community centers and reports of anti-Semitic graffiti. Michael Thomas/Getty Images hide caption

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In Israel, Some Wonder Where The Outrage Is Over U.S. Anti-Semitic Acts

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Syrian Country Band Criticizes Trump's Travel Ban In New Song

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