Deborah Amos Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

This photo taken earlier this year shows residents of Yarmouk, a neighborhood of Palestinians in Syria, lining up as far as the eye can see to receive food supplies. UNRWA, via AP hide caption

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Viral Photo Of Syrian War Victims Comes To Times Square

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Syrian Conflict Marches Into Fourth Year

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Iranian shoppers buy vegetables from a street vendor in Tehran last November, a day after a six-month nuclear deal took effect. The U.S. says crippling sanctions — which caused prices for necessities like bread, rice and soap to increase — forced Iran's hand. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Economic Sanctions Play Out In Strange Ways In Iran

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Is The U.S. Leaving A Leadership Void In The Middle East?

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Syrian Peace Talks Open With Bitterness And A Bit Of Hope

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Table's Laid And Guests Are Ready: Syria Peace Talks Set To Begin

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Surprise Invitation Lands Syrian Peace Talks In Hot Water

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The flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, flutters on the dome of an Armenian Catholic Church in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqqa on Sept. 28, 2013. At first, Syrian rebels and civilians welcomed the experienced Islamist fighters, and the groups fought together to take over the city from Syrian troops. Now, many Syrians fear and resent ISIS. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City

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Al-Qaida Extremists Fight For Influence In Iraq, Syria

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U.S. Suspends Aid To Some Syrian Rebels

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Refugees warm their hands at a refugee camp in Harmanli, Bulgaria, on Nov. 27. More Syrians are turning up in Europe. Many are trying to get to northern Europe, believing that is the best place to start a new life. Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With The Help Of Smugglers, Syrian Refugees Sneak Into Europe

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Syrian Regime, Opposition Groups To Start Peace Talks In January

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Aid Groups Worry As Winter Approaches In Syria

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A health worker administers polio vaccine as part of a UNICEF-supported campaign in Damascus. Aid agencies sometimes have to negotiate with rebel groups and work in dangerous situations to immunize vulnerable children. Omar Sanadiki/AP hide caption

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A Conquered Foe Returns To War-Torn Syria: Polio

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Secretary of State John Kerry, shown in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in June, has acknowledged the recent tensions between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, two countries that are normally close allies. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Why Is Saudi Arabia Bickering With The U.S.?

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