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U.S. troops from the 82nd Airborne receive rifles in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in 1982. For decades, U.S. troops have been part of the multinational peacekeeping force in the Sinai Peninsula designed to ensure the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. While the accord has held, extremists linked to ISIS now operate in the Sinai and are considered a threat to the Americans. Aristotle Saris/AP hide caption

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Iraqi security forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters evacuate an injured woman after she was shot by the Islamic State in Ramadi on Jan. 4. Iraqi forces have pushed ISIS out of much of Ramadi, but daily fighting is still taking place in the southeast part of the city, where ISIS is using civilians as human shields, according to the Iraqi military. Uncredited/AP hide caption

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A South Korean soldier stands next to loudspeakers near the border with North Korea on Jan. 8. South Korea responded to the North's latest nuclear test by resuming the broadcasts that include news, criticism of the North Korean regime and pop music. Lim Tae-hoon/AP hide caption

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Responding To Nuclear Test, S. Korea Cranks Up The K-Pop

South Korea is again blaring news, music and propaganda from banks of loudspeakers along the border. At a minimum, it seems to annoy North Korea.

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Young South Koreans in the Hongdae neighborhood of Seoul, the weekend following North Korea's latest announcement of a nuclear test. Haeryun Kang/for NPR hide caption

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Palestinian activist Issa Amro advocates nonviolence in the West Bank city of Hebron. He recently talked a teenage girl out of an attack, but acknowledges it can be difficult to persuade young Palestinians to his position. In the background, Israeli soldiers patrol an olive tree grove next to his home, which the army has declared off-limits to non-residents. Daniel Estrin for NPR hide caption

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A woman complains inside her house in Nusaybin, Turkey, on Dec. 25. Tens of thousands of civilians in southeast Turkey have been caught in the middle as government forces and Kurdish militants battle. Murat Bay/AP hide caption

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Afghan security forces patrol near their base in the Marjah district of Helmand province on Dec. 23. Dozens of Marines were killed in Marjah five years ago, and since then the Taliban have slipped back in. Now American forces are increasingly being drawn back into the fight. Noor Mohammad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Known as the "numbers cemetery," this burial ground on an old military base in the off-limits zone close to Israel's border with Jordan holds the remains of some Palestinians. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (center) attends a funeral for two generals killed in fighting with Islamic State militants in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, in August. In an interview Monday with NPR, the Iraqi leader called on the U.S. to provide more airstrikes but said his country does not want ground forces from the U.S. or any other country. AP hide caption

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South Sudanese seeking refuge line up to register at the U.N.'s base in Bentiu in February. At that time, the camp was receiving up to 200 new people a day. It now serves as home to some 100,000 people. Charles Lomodong/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Safi al-Kasasbeh and his wife Isaaf are the parents of Moath al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian air force pilot who was captured by the Islamic State in Syria and later killed by the group. Alice Fordham / NPR hide caption

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A woman works in a factory processing hashish in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley in December 2014. Mohamed Azakir/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Radwan Mahmoud, a Syrian refugee, works as a laborer on a construction site in Lebanon. He's supporting 12 family members and earning about $16 a day. With a population of just over 4 million, Lebanon is host to more than 1 million Syrian refugees. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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As War Drags On, Syrian Refugees In Lebanon Sink Into Debt Trap

Barred from legal work in Lebanon, Syrian refugees are accumulating huge debts as they struggle to pay for rent and other necessities.

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Syrian Aram al-Doumani (center, facing camera) takes part in a peaceful protest against Syrian President Bashar Assad in Douma, Syria, in 2011. Doumani, who now runs an opposition news agency in Syria, says he is skeptical of a breakthrough in cease-fire talks. Courtesy Aram al-Doumani hide caption

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When Russia began its bombing campaign in Syria, Russian officials said it would be a short-term air operation. Since then, things have gotten messier. In his state of the nation speech Thursday, President Putin reminded Russians that it took nearly a decade to crush terrorists who staged attacks around Russia in the 1990s. He cast the fight in Syria in similar terms. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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The Pentagon says the new force will help secure the border between Iraq and Syria and hunt down Islamic State leaders in raids. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. To Send 100 More Troops To Iraq In Fight Against Islamic State

The Pentagon plans to create an "expeditionary targeting force" in Iraq, and says some of those troops will take part in combat raids.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is shown during a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday. Putin said Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane was "a stab in the back." Maxim Shipenkov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A new synagogue went up almost overnight as the older one was being taken down. They are only a block apart, but the new one is on land that is not part of this lawsuit. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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After their villages were overrun by ISIS last year, hundreds of Yazidis sought safety on Mount Sinjar, a place they consider miraculous. Many families, including this one, refuse to leave the mountain. Alison Meuse/NPR hide caption

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China's President Xi Jinping speaks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday. Xi condemned the killing of a Chinese citizen by ISIS, but did not specify any actions that China might take. SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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