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The U.S. plans to send up to 50 members of its Special Operations Forces to Syria to help fight ISIS. They'll be entering a war zone with many combatants. Here, smoke rises from a building in the rebel-controlled area of Douma, east of Damascus, early Friday, after a reported shelling by Syria's government. Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (center left), Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (center right) meet with foreign ministers for talks on Syria at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, on Friday. Brendan Smialowski/AP hide caption

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Diplomats From Iran, U.S. And Other Nations Discuss Crisis In Syria

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An excerpt from The Arab of the Future about growing up in Libya in the 1980s, where housing was free. But another family moved into the author's home while he and his family were away. Courtesy of Henry Holt and Co. hide caption

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Syrian Author Finds 'The Arab Of The Future' In His Own Past

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A young girl is among many migrants, most of them Syrian, resting at a sports stadium near Turkey's western border with Greece on Sept. 22. Turkey has taken in some 2 million Syrians fleeing war in their homeland. But Turkey rarely allows the migrants to work or receive citizenship, and many of the Syrians say they want to move on to Europe. Emrah Gurel/AP hide caption

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Turkey's Migrant Policy: They Can Come, But They Can't Settle

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) greets Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin in Moscow on Tuesday. It was Assad's first known trip abroad since the Syrian war broke out in 2011. To bolster Assad, Russia recently began bombing opposition groups in Syria. However, Russian efforts to help embattled leaders have often failed. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad during Tuesday's meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow. RIA Novosti/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Syria's Assad Visits Moscow To Discuss Military Plans With Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Kremlin. Assad was in Moscow, in his first known trip abroad since the war broke out in Syria in 2011, to meet his strongest ally Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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Omar holds his daughter, Taiba, at the playground near the family's new home in Toledo. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Among The Lucky Few: Syrian Family Rebuilds In America's Heartland

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A policeman on horseback and other officers lead a group of refugees and migrants near Dobova, Slovenia, Tuesday. Slovenia's parliament is expected to approve a measure to have the army help police guard the border with Croatia. Srdjan Zivulovic /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Crowds Of Migrants And Refugees Prompt Slovenia To Deploy Army

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