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Smoke rises from Kunduz, Afghanistan on Thursday. Government forces have reportedly retaken the city after it was seized by the Taliban on Monday. AP hide caption

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People stand amid the rubble of a house damaged by a Saudi-led airstrike last month in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen's capital. Hani Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Pakistani border guards stopped Afghan refugees from entering in late 2000. Authorities closed the border to stop the influx of refugees into Pakistan, which was already hosting millions of displaced Afghans. HAIDER SHAH/AP hide caption

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faced a preliminary hearing in San Antonio last week. He faces a possible court-martial for walking off his base in Afghanistan in 2009. An Army investigation produced a wealth of new information on his motivations. The major general who led the inquiry recommended against a prison sentence. AP hide caption

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AK, in a tan T-shirt on the left, his face blurred for his protection, was an Afghan interpreter who worked for the U.S. military. He poses with Afghan commandos in front of a controlled explosion. AK worked closely with American Jonathan Schmidt, in the dark tan shirt and a baseball cap (in the center). AK was with Schmidt when he was killed in a 2012 firefight. AK is now seeking a U.S. visa. Courtesy of Phil Schmidt hide caption

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A Syrian refugee woman walks to the ferry Eleftherios Venizelos, which functions as a registration center and accommodation for migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Kos, on Aug. 17. The Islamic State has released multiple videos calling on refugees to return to Syria. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Syrian refugees continue to arrive in Jordan, where they are greeted by authorities and sent to refugee camps and temporary settlements. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People take part in a march Saturday in support of migrants as part of the European Day of Action in Nice, in southeastern France. Valery Hache /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Zainab Abbas, husband Ahmed Hadi Jawad and their surviving daughter, Rawan, show photos of 10-year-old Zainab and 9-year-old Haider. The two children perished after a wave swept over their boat crossing the Aegean last week — the same boat carrying 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi and his family. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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Syrian migrants at a train station in Keleti, Hungary, wait for a train bound for Munich, Germany, on Wednesday. As more migrants reach Germany, it is encouraging more in the Middle East to make the journey, according to some aid workers. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Images of dead bodies in Syrian prisons, taken by a Syrian forensic photographer, were displayed at the United Nations earlier this year. They were also put on exhibit at the U.S. Capitol in July. Lucas Jackson/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Dalaa al-Aydi, 4, and her family left Syria just before the start of the civil war. Her only memory of Damascus is, "Takh, takh," the sounds she makes mimicking the gunfire. Holly Pickett for NPR hide caption

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A Turkish paramilitary police officer carries the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, found washed ashore near the Turkish resort of Bodrum early Wednesday. The boats carrying the boy's family to the Greek island of Kos capsized. His 5-year-old brother and mother also lost their lives. DHA/AP hide caption

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Sakine Arat, right, and Mayrem Bulut are Kurdish mothers camping out between Turkish amry forces and the Kurdish PKK militants, in hopes of preventing clashes. "Mothers on both sides should be doing this," says Arat, 80. Peter Kenyon/NPR hide caption

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People gather outside a damaged building after clashes in Silvan between Turkish security forces and members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) youth wing last week. Sertac Kayar/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Israeli Arab supporters of Mohammad Allan hold signs during a rally in the Israeli city of Ashkelon earlier this month. Allan spent his college years as an activist, fighting for Palestinian rights as a member of the student wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group. Tsafrir Abayov/AP hide caption

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Members of the Syrian band Khebez Dawle include (from left to right) Hekmat Qassar on guitar and keyboards, lead guitarist Bashar Darwish, bassist Muhammad Bazz and lead singer Anas Maghrebi. Half the band members are now in Turkey, and are strongly considering seeking asylum in Europe. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Afghan security forces inspect a suicide bombing attack on Aug. 10 near the main gate of Kabul's international airport. It was one of a series of recent attacks in the Afghan capital that have left at least 50 dead. Violence in Afghanistan has increased since U.S. combat troops pulled out last year. Massoud Hossaini/AP hide caption

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Kurdish rebels in northern Syria walk near the devastated town of Kobani last November. The U.S. bombing campaign helped the Kurds push back the Islamic State from the area. But overall, the U.S. operation against ISIS in Iraq and Syria has shown only limited gains in the past year. Jake Simkin/AP hide caption

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