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Syrian children who fled Raqqa, where the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces defeated the Islamic State group, are now living in a refugee camp. They hold pots as they line up for food. Hussein Malla/AP hide caption

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United Nations special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura is seen on a video screen as he listens to a Security council meeting on Syria at U.N. headquarters in June about the possible use of sarin gas in an attack that killed more than 90 people. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Syrian Brig. Gen. Issam Zahreddine (right) speaks with a civilian in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor in September, during the offensive against ISIS militants. George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces walks on a building near Raqqa's stadium Monday, as they cleared the last positions on the front line in the fight against ISIS. Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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ISIS Makes Last Stand At A Stadium In Raqqa, Its Doomed 'Capital'

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Displaced Syrians head to refugee camps on the outskirts of Raqqa on Sunday. Syrian fighters, backed by the U.S., have been driving out the Islamic State. However, many civilians are fleeing the fighting, and there's still no sign of a political settlement in Syria on the horizon. Bulent Kilic /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. Is Beating Back ISIS, So What Comes Next?

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Aktham Abulhusn rides the subway on his way to Berlin Alexanderplatz. He came from Syria to Germany in early 2015 on a student visa and now lives there on a refugee visa. Now that his German language skills are improving, he is trying to find a girlfriend. Jacobia Dahm for NPR hide caption

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Smoke rises from buildings in the area of Bughayliyah, on the northern outskirts of Deir ez-Zor on Sept. 13, as Syrian forces advance during their ongoing battle against ISIS. George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Khaleed Khatib was the videographer for the Oscar-winning Netflix documentary The White Helmets. "This photo was after double tap of aircraft on July 27, 2014," he says, referring to an airstrike followed by another attack. "I don't know how I survived." Fadi al Halabi/Courtesy of Khaleed Khatib hide caption

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Syrian refugee children play at an informal refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa valley. Hassan Ammar/AP hide caption

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In Lebanon, Syrian Refugees Met With Harassment And Hostility

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A Syrian girl walks through an empty, ruined house in Raqqa earlier this month. Many civilians like her have no choice but to stay in the war-ravaged city despite the danger, either because they've been trapped by ISIS fighters or because they don't have the money to pay smugglers. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Israeli army facilitates the transfer of wounded Syrians to Israeli hospitals. Courtesy of the Israel Defense Forces hide caption

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From Israel, Quiet Efforts Are Underway To Aid Civilians In Syria

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Arabic signs have replaced Turkish ones in Istanbul's Fatih neighborhood, where many Syrian refugees have settled. Turkey has absorbed some 3 million Syrian refugees since the Syrian war began. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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For Syrian Refugees In Turkey, A Long Road To Regular Employment

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Syrians arriving last month from Jarablus, in Aleppo province, to their old neighborhood of al-Waer, in Homs, Syria. They left their homes to escape the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and now they are going back. AP hide caption

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Carla Del Ponte, a former United Nations prosecutor and member of a U.N.-mandated commission of inquiry on the Syria conflict, at a 2013 press conference in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Syrian city of Daraa, heavily hit by barrel bombs and other strikes by the Assad regime, is one of the areas covered by the current cease-fire. For the past eight days, residents have had a respite from the regime's attacks. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Several people were killed and injured in a series of Damascus car bombings on Sunday. Two cars were intercepted on the airport road and detonated while a third made it to the city center. This photo was released by the official Syrian news agency SANA. Uncredited/AP hide caption

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Hassan Youssef, a 40-year-old victim of the April 4 chemical attack in Khan Shaykun, receives medical care in a hospital in the nearby Syrian city of Idlib in April. Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Nurses give the oral polio vaccine to a Syrian child in a refugee camp in Turkey. The oral polio vaccine used throughout most of the developing world contains a form of the virus that has been weakened in the laboratory. But it's still a live virus. Carsten Koall/Getty Images hide caption

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