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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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In a Kabul demonstration last week, Afghan protesters carry a coffin with the decapitated body of one of seven Shiite Muslim Hazaras abducted and killed in southern Afghanistan. Officials blamed Afghan militants loyal to ISIS for the killings. Thousands of protesters marched in Kabul to demand justice for the victims, who included a 9-year-old girl. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A member of the Syrian government forces stands next to a well at Jazel oil field, near the ancient city of Palmyra, after they retook the area from the Islamic State in March. U.S.-led airstrikes have targeted oil facilities run by ISIS, which, according to some estimates, earns as much as $1 million per day from oil sales. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hitting ISIS Where It Hurts By Striking Oil Trucks

Illicit oil sales generate large revenues every day for the Islamic State. The U.S. airstrikes could dry up a significant stream of cash for the group.

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An Islamic State supporter waves the group's flag in its de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, in June 2014. The group had focused on building its caliphate, or Islamic empire, in the Middle East. But it has claimed three major attacks recently, leading to a reassessment of the group and its goals. STRINGER/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Dimitri Bontinck spoke with the press at Antwerp's main courthouse in February, when his son Jejoen was among those on trial for taking part in a terrorist organization that allegedly recruited fighters for jihadi groups in Syria. Virginia Mayo/AP hide caption

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Sinjar city, newly freed from ISIS control by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, lies in ruins. Alison Meuse/NPR hide caption

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A medic tends to a man injured in the terror attacks in Paris on Friday evening. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the coordinated assault that has claimed more than 120 lives. Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images hide caption

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Kurdish peshmerga forces enter the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Friday after pushing out the Islamic State. The town is home to the Yazidi minority; many displaced members of the group say they are wary of returning home. They fear they could still be targeted by neighboring communities that supported the Islamic State. Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As worries grow over unemployment and lack of security, many Afghans are trying to go elsewhere. An Afghan National Police officer calls out the names of passport applicants at the passport office in Kabul in August. SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Anxiety Grows As Conditions Worsen In Afghanistan

High unemployment, a weak central government and recent Taliban gains are creating a growing apprehension on the streets of the capital, Kabul.

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Shukri al-Assoli has settled for now in Athens, where he shares an apartment with another Palestinian migrant in a working-class neighborhood. Giannis Pazios for NPR hide caption

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Palestinian shoppers walk near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, under the watchful eye of Israeli police and wall-mounted security cameras. Amid the recent violence, there's talk of placing cameras inside the city's most contested religious site, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Al-Aqsa mosque compound to Muslims. Daniella Cheslow for NPR hide caption

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A screenshot of Lucas Kinney, a 26-year-old Briton who recently began making videos for Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria. Kinney's father is a veteran Hollywood assistant director who helped make such films as Rambo and the Indiana Jones series. Via YouTube hide caption

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Mishael Zion is the father of two students at Eitan School in Jerusalem. After a recent attack on a public bus near the school, some parents wanted to bar the Arab cleaning lady from the school when students were there. But Zion objected and said she should be allowed to continue. Daniel Estrin for NPR hide caption

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday. The Israeli leader has accused Palestinian officials, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, of incitement and says it has contributed to violence against Israelis. Miriam May/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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A young girl is among many migrants, most of them Syrian, resting at a sports stadium near Turkey's western border with Greece on Sept. 22. Turkey has taken in some 2 million Syrians fleeing war in their homeland. But Turkey rarely allows the migrants to work or receive citizenship, and many of the Syrians say they want to move on to Europe. Emrah Gurel/AP hide caption

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Odel Bennett, a 22-year-old Israeli woman, lies on a hospital bed as her mother Miriam Gal holds Odel's son Natan, 2, at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. Bennett was stabbed in an Oct. 3 attack by a Palestinian that killed her husband and lightly wounded her son. Tsafrir Abayov/AP hide caption

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As Attacks Mount, Israelis Describe Lives Lost And Families Shattered

Several recent Israeli victims of Palestinian attacks recount the violence and how it is fueling tensions in the long-running conflict.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) greets Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow on Tuesday. It was Assad's first known trip abroad since the Syrian war broke out in 2011. To bolster Assad, Russia recently began bombing opposition groups in Syria. However, Russian efforts to help embattled leaders have often failed. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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A Palestinian raises a knife during clashes with Israeli police in the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem on Oct. 9. After a series of Palestinian stabbing attacks, some Israeli stores have removed knives from their shelves. Mahmoud Illean/AP hide caption

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Israeli police check Palestinian IDs at a checkpoint in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem on Sunday. Palestinian assailants have carried out a series of stabbings and the Israelis have ramped up security measures in the city. Eight Israelis and more than 30 Palestinians have been killed in recent violence. Oded Balilty/AP hide caption

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U.S. Army soldiers walk as a NATO helicopter flies overhead at coalition force Forward Operating Base (FOB) Connelly in the Khogyani district in the eastern province of Nangarhar on August 13, 2015. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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