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Two pictures show the minaret (top) of Aleppo's ancient Umayyad mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on April 16, 2013, and the rubble (bottom) after it was blown up on April 24, 2013. Jalal al-Halabi,Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Some Take Massive Risks To Save Syria's Cultural Heritage

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Syrians drive past government billboards in the capital of Damascus on Saturday, as a partial cease-fire — the first major truce of the five-year war — takes hold. Guns fell silent at midnight in suburbs around the capital and the bomb-scarred northern city of Aleppo. Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian refugees hang out at the Elbeyli Refugee Camp in southern Turkey, near the border with Syria. Turkey has absorbed 2.6 million Syrian refugees in recent years, but has recently closed its borders despite tens of thousands of Syrians who are trying to flee their homeland. Courtesy of Ibrahim Jawdat hide caption

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The Syrians Keep Fleeing, But Now They Hit Turkey's Closed Border

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Syria's regime and opposition groups have agreed on a "cessation of hostilities." Here, a Syrian flag waves as vehicles move during rush hour in Damascus on Sunday. Hassan Ammar/AP hide caption

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Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during a Dec. 11 interview in Damascus with the Spanish news agency EFE. In his latest interview, he blames foreign powers and "terrorists" for the country's civil war and says he still hopes to put the country back together. SANA via AP hide caption

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Damaged vehicles are seen at the site of a double car bomb attack in the Zahraa neighborhood of Homs in central Syria. The city is almost completely controlled by the Syrian government, and has regularly been targeted by attacks. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A convoy of vehicles carrying humanitarian aid sent by the United Nations moves toward the villages of Fua and Kafraya in Syria's Idlib province. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Turkish forensic teams inspect the scene of Wednesday's explosion in Ankara, after a car bombing that targeted military vehicles. Turkey says a Syrian national carried out the attack. Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Turkey Arrests 14 Over Ankara Bombing; Leaders Blame Kurdish Groups

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Sacks of food and clothes collected by Zeynap Kurmus Hurbas (left) and her volunteer group at a neighborhood refugee center in a poor Istanbul neighborhood. Gokce Saracoglu for NPR hide caption

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Ordinary Turks Quietly Volunteer To Help Syrian Refugees

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