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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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At a makeshift burial ground in Samos, beyond the edges of a Greek Orthodox cemetery, lie the bodies of three Syrian children. The marker reads, "The child Noaman Tamim Shibly — For us Allah suffices, and he is the best disposer of affairs. To God we belong, and to him we shall return." Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Despite Aegean Rescuers' Best Efforts, Not All Migrants Are Saved

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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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NATO on Thursday ordered a naval force to move immediately to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of migrants between Turkey and Greece. In this photo from last June, a Greek coast guard vessel arrives carrying migrants at the port of Mytilene, Greece, after a rescue operation. Thanassis Stavrakis/AP hide caption

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A sinking boat is seen behind a Turkish gendarme off the coast of Canakkale's Bademli district on Saturday. At least 35 migrants drowned when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece. Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Two Syrian girls color at Bayti orphanage in Reyhanli, Turkey, just across the border from Syria. Many young Syrian refugees have lost one or both parents, but space is limited at orphanages in the city. Nish Nalbandian hide caption

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A woman complains inside her house in Nusaybin, Turkey, on Dec. 25. Tens of thousands of civilians in southeast Turkey have been caught in the middle as government forces and Kurdish militants battle. Murat Bay/AP hide caption

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Surrounded By Troubled Neighbors, Turkey's Conflict At Home Escalates

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A Turkish boat (in the foreground) escorts the Russian naval destroyer Smetlivy, in the Bosphorus in Istanbul, in July 2012. Murad Sezer/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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When Russia began its bombing campaign in Syria, Russian officials said it would be a short-term air operation. Since then, things have gotten messier. In his state of the nation speech Thursday, President Putin reminded Russians that it took nearly a decade to crush terrorists who staged attacks around Russia in the 1990s. He cast the fight in Syria in similar terms. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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With Few Signs Of Progress, Russia's Putin Warns Of Long Fight In Syria

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