A picture taken on April 4 shows destruction at a hospital room in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a chemical weapons attack. Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Mouaz Moustafa has spent years advocating on Capitol Hill for the United States to get more involved in Syria. Polly Irungu/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Polly Irungu/NPR

Syrian Activist Looks Up: 'For the First Time Ever, There's a Glimmer of Hope'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/523141199/523141200" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Syria President Bashar al-Assad in Paris in 2010. Remy De La Mauvinier /AP hide caption

toggle caption
Remy De La Mauvinier /AP

Amnesty International Identifies Assad's 'Policy Of Extermination'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/514594316/514650960" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

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

toggle caption
Alice Fordham/NPR

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

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/507376949/509937102" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

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

toggle caption
Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

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

toggle caption
NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Global Powers' Commitment To Intervene In Genocides May Be Waning

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/506734121/507359636" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

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

toggle caption
George Ourfalia/AFP/Getty Images

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

toggle caption
SANA via AP

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

toggle caption
The Rumaf/AP

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

toggle caption
Sameer al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Images