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A woman walks past a wrecked van near the northwestern Syrian village of Barisha. Local residents and medical staff tell NPR that noncombatant civilians were killed and injured in the van the night of the U.S. raid on the compound of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Ibrahim Yasouf/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Syrians Say U.S. Helicopter Fire Killed Civilians During The Raid On Baghdadi

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Anti-government protesters wave national flags as Lebanese army soldiers form a human barrier in the area of Jal el-Dib in the northern outskirts of the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In this photo taken Thursday, flames and smoke billow from a fire on a target in Ras al-Ayn, Syria. This is the result of shelling by Turkish forces, the same day Turkey and the U.S. were negotiating a cease-fire agreement. Cavit Ozgul/AP hide caption

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Kurdish General Slams U.S.-Syria Policy; Gen. Petraeus Calls Withdrawal 'A Betrayal'

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Grandfather Issam kisses his grandson Rayan goodbye before the 4-year-old left to enter Iraq. Issam did not have papers to cross. "Separation has killed the people. It's destroyed a generation. War is without a purpose," Issam said, crying. Cecilia Uddén hide caption

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Protesters block the main road outside the Palestinian refugee camp of Burj al-Barajneh, south of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on July 16. The protests are against Lebanese government decision to restrict Palestinians' work opportunities. Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Salalah, Oman. The country has emerged as a quiet facilitator of dialogue, including between Iran and the U.S. Sam McNeil/AP hide caption

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How Oman Has Become A Key Diplomatic Player In The Middle East

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A Syrian boy walks among demolished shelters at a refugee camp in the northeastern Lebanese town of Arsal, in Lebanon's Bekaa valley, on June 10. Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Forced To Demolish Their Own Homes, Syrian Refugees In Lebanon Seek New Shelter

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Axel Hirschfeld looks at the remains of dead birds while holding a Levant sparrowhawk. The bird was found locked in a small enclosure without food or water in a field used by poachers in the town of Ras Baalbek, Lebanon, in September. Sam Tarling for NPR hide caption

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Mahmud, 11, Ayyub, 7, and their mother, Felicia Perkins-Ferreira, walk toward the boat that will take them out of Syria, across the river to Iraq, so they can start their journey home to Trinidad. Ruth Sherlock/NPR hide caption

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Trinidadian Mom Reunites With Kids Taken By Their Father To ISIS

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Displaced Syrians gather inside a tent in the al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria on Dec. 8. People fled towns where the U.S.-led coalition is fighting the last remnants of ISIS. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'We Were Eating Grass': Syrians Flee As Fight Pushes On Against Last ISIS Remnants

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A church near the school was destroyed during the fight to oust ISIS from Raqqa, Syria. Ruth Sherlock/NPR hide caption

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Determined To Seek An Education, Teenagers In Raqqa, Syria, Create Their Own School

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