Smoke rises after a Syrian Rocket launcher shell on Islamic State positions in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, about 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus on Tuesday. News reports say the Islamic State has taken control of the city. EPA /Landov hide caption

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Columns in the courtyard of the temple of Baal in the ancient city of Palmyra are damaged by the shelling in this March 14, 2014, photograph. Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People gather around a helicopter reportedly belonging to Syrian government forces that crashed in March in Jabal al-Zawiya in northwest Syria. Islamist rebels captured four crew members, while a fifth was killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Opposition fighters have made a number of advances in recent weeks. Ghaith Omran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hamudeh al-Masaadi plays on the shores of Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, where they wait as their request for asylum is processed. Joanna Kakissis for NPR hide caption

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Assyrian Christians, who fled their homes because of attacks by the Islamic State, pray at a church on the outskirts of Damascus on March 1. Many minorities in Syria have tried to remain neutral in the conflict, but they often get caught up in the crossfire or are targeted by extremists. Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A photo taken in January 2014 and released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), shows residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria. AP hide caption

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Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS News the U.S. is pushing for Syrian President Bashar Assad to seriously discuss a transition strategy to quell the Arab country's four-year civil war. Brian Snyder/AP hide caption

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Girls carrying school bags provided by UNICEF walk past destroyed buildings on their way home from school on March 7 in the rebel-held al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. So many people have fled the city and so much of its infrastructure has been destroyed that nighttime satellite images show 97 percent less light there compared with four years ago. Zein al-Rifai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Dura Europos, a Roman walled city in eastern Syria, dates back to 330 B.C. The main gate is shown here in a photo from 2010. It's one of the many important archaeological sites militants of the self-styled Islamic State have ransacked and damaged. EPA /Deir Ezz-Zour Antiquities Department/Landov hide caption

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Syrian volunteers cover mosaics in the Ma'arra museum with a protective layer of glue, covered by cloth. Ma'arra Museum Project/Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq Project hide caption

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Traditional desserts, like these served in 2010 at the original Naranj restaurant in Damascus, offer sweet, familiar flavors at the restaurant's various locations in the Middle East. A platter like this shows up at the end of every meal at Naranj, and all the pastries are made in-house. Jan Smith/Flickr hide caption

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Turkish soldiers during the military operation in Syria on Sunday. Turkey launched the raid to evacuate some 40 soldiers guarding the Tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire. Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki al-Faisal, shown in 2013 in Bahrain, says the 'pinpricks' against the Islamic State have not been effective. The former intelligence chief also says the campaign needs to be better coordinated. Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty hide caption

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