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Iran Detains Another Tanker As Tensions Remain High

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Jeelan, 11, the day after being rescued from an ISIS family who had held her captive for the past two years. She says she doesn't remember her Yazidi family. "I want to go back to Um Ali," she says, referring to the Iraqi woman who had been pretending to be her mother in a detention camp for ISIS families. "Um Ali is my real family." Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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'I Want To Go Back': The Yazidi Girls Who Did Not Want To Be Rescued From ISIS

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Caregiver Fajriya Khaled holds a child at an orphanage in northeastern Syria, home to 41 children of Yazidi mothers and ISIS fathers. The Yazidi community in Iraq forces the women to leave their children behind if they want to return home. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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In Syria, An Orphanage Cares For Children Born To Yazidi Mothers Enslaved By ISIS

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France Won't Take ISIS Fighters Back, But Doesn't Want Them Executed Either

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The State Department ordered "non-emergency" U.S. government employees out of Iraq on Wednesday. A helicopter carrying U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seen taking off from Baghdad International Airport last week. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ibrahim, 2, in northeastern Syria a few hours after his freed Yazidi mother returned to Iraq without him. Ibrahim's father was an ISIS fighter. Although his mother wanted to take him home, the Yazidis do not allow children of ISIS fathers to live with the community. Iraqi law considers the children Muslim rather than Yazidi. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Mothers Face Wrenching Choice: Abandon Kids Or Never Go Home

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Women carry children near the al-Hol camp in Syria's Kurdish-majority region of Rojava. The camp is filled with more than 72,000 people — most of them women and children who came out of the last ISIS-held territory. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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'We Pray For The Caliphate To Return': ISIS Families Crowd Into Syrian Camps

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Search and rescue operations near the Iraqi city of Mosul were underway after a boat sank in the Tigris River on Thursday. Authorities say dozens of people, including many children, are confirmed dead. Abdullah Rashid/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Mazen (right), 13, and his brother Mezban in a camp for displaced Yazidis in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Mazen was freed recently, five years after being kidnapped by ISIS. He was found in Baghouz, the last ISIS stronghold in Syria. His brother was also kidnapped and, 2-1/2 years ago, was rescued with their mother. The boys' father is still missing. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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Freed From ISIS, Few Yazidis Return To Suffering Families, Many Remain Missing

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Mickey Willenbring tends to one of her Navajo-Churro sheep at Dot Ranch in Scio, Ore. Tim Herrera hide caption

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After Combat, A Veteran Finds Solace In Sheep Farming

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In this file photo, U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., stands in front of photos of fallen soldiers along a hallway leading to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Jones, a once-fervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an equally outspoken Republican critic of the war, died Sunday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Mourners transport the flag-draped coffin of Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani, seen in the poster, for burial during her funeral procession in the National Museum in Baghdad on Jan. 21. Iraq is mourning the loss of a beloved archaeologist who helped rebuild her country's leading museum in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion in 2003. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Austin Renforth (center) went with his Iraqi counterpart, Lt. Gen. Jalil Jabbar al-Rubaie (center left), for a tour of Baghdad's most crowded neighborhoods on Friday. Mootaz Sami/AP Images for NPR hide caption

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A U.S. Commander Went For A Rare Stroll In Baghdad. Many Iraqis Just Shrugged

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This 2018 photo provided by Andrea Gallagher shows her husband, Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher. Gallagher is facing charges of premeditated murder and other offenses in connection with the fatal stabbing of a teenage Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq in 2017 and the shooting of unarmed Iraqi civilians. His attorney says he will plead not guilty to all the charges at a naval hearing Friday. Andrea Gallagher/AP hide caption

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Following The Defeat Of ISIS, Iraq Pursues A Campaign Of Revenge

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Abdullatif Al-Humaym, the head of Sunni Muslim endowments in all of Iraq, places the cornerstone for the rebuilding of the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul. The historic mosque and its leaning minaret were destroyed in 2017 when Iraqi forces reclaimed the city from the Islamic State. Zaid al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Naser al-Shimary, deported this year to Iraq from the U.S., greets his four-year-old son Vincent at Baghdad international airport. Shimary had lived in the U.S. since he was five years old. He agreed to be deported under a practice halted by a U.S. court this summer. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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'They Know I'm Different': Deportee Struggles In Iraq After Decades Living In U.S.

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American conservationist Jeff Allen (center) directs Iraqi technicians laying mortar between ancient bricks at the site of Babylon. Jane Arraf/NPR hide caption

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In Iraq, A Race To Protect The Crumbling Bricks Of Ancient Babylon

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