Syrian President Bashar Assad (white shirt) speaks with Syrian troops in the suburbs of Damascus on June 26, in a photo released by the official SANA news agency. The U.S. and Russia are working on a proposal to coordinate their bombing campaigns in Syria, where the two powers are fighting the Islamic State and other Islamist extremists. SANA via AP hide caption

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Syrian women and children stage a protest against the government's siege of Daraya, outside Damascus, on March 9. The protesters demanded that President Bashar Assad's government allow humanitarian aid into the city. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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The Siege That Keeps A Rebel Town In Syria Desperate For Food Aid

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Marie Colvin, shown here in London in November 2010, was killed in Homs, Syria, on Feb. 22, 2012, along with photographer Remi Ochlik. She lost her left eye after being hit by shrapnel while covering the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2001. WPA Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Lawsuit Targets Syrian Regime In Journalist's Killing

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A young Syrian shepherd leads his flock on Tuesday as smoke billows from a farm following a reported airstrike in Sheifuniya, near the rebel-held town of Douma, east of Damascus. Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian refugees at a makeshift camp on the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on May 26. President Obama wants to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. this year. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, says there's a "tremendous flow" of Syrian refugees coming into the U.S. and the program should be suspended. Yannis Kolesidis/AP hide caption

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Fact Check: Donald Trump And Syrian Refugees

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Syrian civilians and soldiers gather at the scene of a double bombing attack on Saturday outside the Sayyida Zeinab shrine, which is revered by Shiites around the world, some 6 miles south of the center of Damascus, state media said. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian President Bashar Assad addresses parliament in Damascus on Tuesday, saying he will retake "every inch" of Syrian territory. Assad's defiant tone comes at a time when peace efforts for the country have been crumbling. SANA via AP hide caption

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Bashar Assad's Defiance Points To A Syrian Peace Effort In Tatters

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Reporting On The War In Syria, Despite The Obstacles To Being There

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Syria's Mohammed Faris was a national hero after he became the country's first cosmonaut in 1987, traveling to the Soviet Union's Mir Space Station. Now he's a refugee in Istanbul, Turkey. Faris, 65, is shown standing in front of a painting of himself as a cosmonaut. A critic of Syria's President Bashar Assad, he still hopes to return to his homeland. Peter Kenyon / NPR hide caption

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Once A National Hero, Syria's Lone Cosmonaut Is Now A Refugee In Turkey

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Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as U.S. special operations forces ride in the back of a pickup truck in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa on Wednesday. Delil Souleiman /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People gather their belongings Friday as they leave a refugee camp because of an Islamic State offensive near Azaz, Syria. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrians gather at the site of multiple bombings in the northern coastal city of Jableh, between Latakia and Tartus, on Monday. Scores of people were killed in a spate of bombings in two regime bastions along Syria's coast. A total of seven blasts simultaneously, four in Jableh and three in Tartus, hit the two cities on Monday morning. Stringer/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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