The fighting in Homs has been largely over since 2014 — government forces and their allies crushed the rebels and negotiated surrenders. Now, the United Nations Development Programme is working to rehabilitate the old city. Here, men work on the old souk. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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In Ancient Syrian City, Fighting Has Stopped But Rebuilding Is Scarce

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An image grab taken from an AFPTV video released on Saturday shows people gathering amidst at the site of a car bomb attack in the rebel-held town of Azaz in northern Syria. Stringer/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Siblings Ibrahim and Evan visit the home of their aunt December 27 in Bakhdida, Iraq, southeast of Mosul. The Islamic state burned the home, looted their parents home and destroyed or vandalized every church in Bakhdida. With a population of 50,000, it had been the largest Christian-majority town in the country, but nearly all residents have fled. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Global Powers' Commitment To Intervene In Genocides May Be Waning

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A member of the Syrian government forces watches during an evacuation of Syrian rebel fighters and civilians from a opposition-held area of Aleppo on Friday. George Ourfalia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian President Bashar Assad (right) speaks Monday in Damascus with Cardinal Mario Zenari, the head of the Catholic diplomatic mission in Syria. The photo was released by the Syrian official news agency SANA. The Syrian army has retaken almost all of the northern city of Aleppo, and Assad appears in a stronger position than at any point in the past several years. SANA via AP hide caption

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People flee rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo into the Sheikh Maqsud area, controlled by Kurdish fighters, in Syria on Sunday. The photo was provided by the Rumaf, a Syrian Kurdish activist group, and authenticated by The Associated Press. The Rumaf/AP hide caption

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A Syrian man, flanked by his son and his nephews, lays a myrtle branch on the grave of his brother at a cemetery in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on Monday, on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Sameer al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrians run for cover during reported government air strikes in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on Sept. 9. Under the plan announced Friday, hostilities are to cease starting at sundown Sept. 12, the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday. Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) enter a news conference room Friday in Geneva to announce a cease-fire agreement for Syria. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A video released by the White Helmets, a team of volunteer rescue workers, shows men hosing down civilians after the reported chlorine gas attack Tuesday in Aleppo, Syria. White Helmets/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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