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Syrian security forces cordon off the area following a reported suicide bombing at the old palace of justice building in Damascus on March 15, 2017. Stringer /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In central Damascus, it's clear that President Bashar Assad is firmly in control. People close to the regime and government officials say the mood in the city is "better" as regime forces make gains in rebel-held areas. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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As Syrian Government Forces Advance, The War Could Be At A Turning Point

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As the cease-fire took hold this week, Syrians lost no time returning to the streets to protest the Assad regime. Marchers hold a banner reading "Long live Syria, down with Assad" during an demonstration in the rebel-controlled side of Aleppo on Friday. Karam al-Masri /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrians Cautiously Resume Daily Activities As Fragile Cease-Fire Holds

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A man stands on a staircase inside a demolished building in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Monday. Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A deadly car bomb explosion rocked central Damascus, Syria, in front of the Finance Ministry building (center) and the Central Bank (right) on Monday. Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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