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This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a Syrian commercial plane carrying Syrian officials and journalists after it landed at Aleppo Airport, Syria. The Syrian commercial flight from Damascus, marked the resumption of internal flights between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012.

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This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows refugee camps for internally displaced people near Kafaldin in northern Syria's Idlib province near the Turkish border. A comparison between this image and an image of the same place a year earlier shows the rapid expansion of tents as hundreds of thousands of civilians in the area are scrambling to escape a widening, multi-front offensive by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

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Turkish soldiers fire a missile at Syrian government position in the province of Idlib, Syria. Turkey, backer of Syria's opposition, has been deploying equipment and troops in the region, which is home to more than 3 million people, in an attempt to halt the Syrian military's advances.

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Syrian government helicopter is shot by a missile in Idlib province, Syria. Syrian rebels shot down a government helicopter Tuesday in the country's northwest where Syrian troops are on the offensive in the last rebel stronghold.

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian government forces entering the village of Tel-Toukan, in Idlib province, northwest Syria. On Thursday, State media and opposition activists said Turkey has sent more reinforcements into northwestern Syria, setting up new positions in an attempt to stop a government offensive on the last rebel stronghold in the war-torn country.

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People inspect a damaged site after airstrikes on the town of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria

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Syrian rescuers use a bulldozer to remove rubble of a destroyed building that covers a street after airstrikes in the town of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria. Warplanes struck the town in a rebel-held enclave in northwestern Syria, killing several people, including some who were fleeing the attack, opposition activists and a rescue service said. The attack also put a local hospital out of service.

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Syrian flee the advance of the government forces in the province of Idlib, Syria, towards the Turkish border. Syrian government forces captured one of the largest and most strategic rebel-held towns in the country's northwest, the Syrian military and opposition activists said Wednesday, part of a Russian-backed military assault that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to safer areas.

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People look at destruction by an airstrike in the town of al-Jannah, west of Aleppo, Syria.

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People walk past destruction by the government airstrikes in the town of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria. Syrian government warplanes struck a market and an industrial area in the last territory in the hands of rebel groups in the country's northwest, killing at least 15 people, opposition activists said.

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A boy cries after government airstrikes in the town of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria. Syrian government warplanes struck a market and an industrial area in the last territory in the hands of rebel groups in the country's northwest, killing at least 15 people, opposition activists said.

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People walk though Idlib city center after it was hit by airstrikes. Syrian government warplanes struck several rebel-held areas in the country's northwest on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens, opposition activist said.

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People demonstrate against the air and ground bombardment by Syrian government forces in southern and eastern Idlib province, the last rebel-held bastion in the country, during a rally in Istanbul. Syrian government forces had launched the renewed effort to take the province, which is dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants and is also home to 3 million civilians.

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Turkish and Russian patrol is seen near the town of Darbasiyah, Syria. Turkey and Russia launched joint patrols in northeastern Syria, under a deal that halted a Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters who were forced to withdraw from the border area following Ankara's incursion.

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In this photo released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, uses a military telescope during his visit to the strategic town of Habeet, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria.

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TV cameras are seen on a hilltop in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, as in the background smoke billows from fires in Ras al-Ayn, Syria. Turkey's defense ministry says one soldier has been killed amid sporadic clashes with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire.

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American military convoy stops near the town of Tel Tamr, north Syria. Kurdish-led fighters and Turkish-backed forces clashed sporadically in northeastern Syria amid efforts to work out a Kurdish evacuation from a besieged border town, the first pull-back under the terms of a U.S.-brokered cease-fire.

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Iraqi security forces secure the Iraq-Syria border around Rabiaa border crossing, Iraq. Najah al-Shammari, Iraq's defense minister said that some members of the Islamic State group were able to flee northern Syria and cross into Iraq. The Iraqi official added that some of them are still at large while others were detained.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, smoke billows from targets in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, during bombardment by Turkish forces. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Syrian Kurdish fighters to leave a designated border area in northeast Syria 'as of tonight' for Turkey to stop its military offensive, defying pressure on him to call a ceasefire and halt its incursion into Syria, now into its eighth day.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, flames and smoke billow from a big fire in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, caused by bombardment by Turkish forces. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Syrian Kurdish fighters to leave a designated border area in northeast Syria 'as of tonight' for Turkey to stop its military offensive.

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A convoy of Turkish backed Free Syria Army is about to cross into Turkey near the town of Azaz, Syria.

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Turkey's forces advance towards Manbij, Syria. U.S. military spokesman says U.S. forces have left Kurdish-held town of Manbij, part of withdrawal from northeast Syria.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Turkish forces fire rockets towards targets in Ras al-Ayn, Syria.

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A police forensic officer collects evidence from a building damaged by a mortar fired from inside Syra, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey. Incoming shells fired from northeastern Syria hit the house. Two residents were at the house and were evacuated.

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Local residents look on as a convoy of Turkish forces' trucks transporting tanks is driven on a road towards the border with Syria in Sanliurfa province. Turkey's military said it captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment as its offensive against Kurdish fighters pressed into its fourth day with little sign of relenting despite mounting international criticism.

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People in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, at the border with Syria, watch smoke billowing from targets inside Syria, during bombardment by Turkish forces. Turkey's foreign minister says Turkish troops intend to move some 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep into northern Syria and that its operation will last until all "terrorists are neutralized," a reference to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, smoke billows from targets inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces.

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People run to take cover after mortars fired from Syria, in Akcakale, Turkey. An Associated Press journalist said at least two government buildings were hit by the mortars in Sanliurfa province's border town of Akcakale and at least two people were wounded.

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to his ruling party officials, in Ankara, Turkey. Erdogan says that there have been 109 "terrorists killed" — a reference to Syrian Kurdish fighters — since Ankara launched an offensive into Syria the previous day. Erdogan also warned the European Union not to call Ankara's incursion into Syria an 'invasion,' and renewed his threat of letting Syrian refugees flood Europe.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, smoke billows from targets inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces.

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Kurdish demonstrators and supporters of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, seen on yellow flags, protest against the Turkish airstrikes on northern Syria, during a demonstration in Paris.

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Syrians flee shelling by Turkish forces in Ras al Ayn, northeast Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of a Turkish military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria.

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Smoke billows from targets inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces. Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria after U.S. forces pulled back from the area, with a series of airstrikes hitting a town on Syria's northern border.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, smoke billows from a fire inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces.

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from a fire inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces. Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria after U.S. forces pulled back from the area, with a series of airstrikes hitting a town on Syria's northern border.

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From left, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during their meeting in Ankara, Turkey. The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey met in the Turkish to discuss the situation in Syria, with the aim of halting fighting in the northwest of the country and finding a lasting political solution to the 8 1/2 year civil war.

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This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian White Helmet civil defense workers carry an injured girl on a stretcher after an airstrike hit the northern town of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria. Syrian activists and a doctor say a government airstrike killed several people when it hit a weekly open-air market in a busy town in the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria.

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This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows Civil Defense workers carrying an injured boy in a street that was hit by Syrian government airstrikes, in Jisr al-Shughur, southwest of Idlib, Syria. In northwestern Syria, where the rebels have their last stronghold and where nearly three million civilians live, government forces have been pushing their way in to at least restore their access to a strategic highway in the area. Despite a Turkey and Russia-backed cease-fire, fighting has raged since late April.

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U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters pose for a photo on a rooftop overlooking Baghouz, Syria, after the SDF declared the area free of Islamic State militants after months of fighting. The elimination of the last Islamic State stronghold in Baghouz brings to a close a grueling final battle that stretched across several weeks and saw thousands of people flee the territory and surrender in desperation, and hundreds killed.

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US President Donald Trump holds a a copy of two maps of Syria as he arrives on Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport, in West Palm Beach, Florida. One map is awash in red shows IS controlled territory in Syria in November 2016. The other, without red, indicates that IS as of today no longer controls territory in Syria.

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This frame grab from video posted online by the Aamaq News Agency, a media arm of the Islamic State group, shows smoke rising as an IS fighter walking inside Baghouz, the Islamic State group's last pocket of territory in Syria.

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U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter fire on Islamic State militant positions in Baghouz, Syria. A spokesman for U.S.-backed forces fighting IS in Syria says his fighters are in control of an encampment in the village of Baghouz where IS militants have been besieged for months.

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U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) soldiers prepare to fire mortars at Islamic State militant positions in Baghouz, Syria.

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A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter smokes in a tent encampment that had been occupied by Islamic State group militants, in Baghouz, Syria. SDF forces made slow advances into the edges of the last village held by IS, battling militants holed up in underground tunnels, a spokesman for the force said.

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Smoke billows as U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fire on Islamic State militant positions in Baghouz, Syria.

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Tracer fire lights up the night sky as U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fire on Baghouz, Syria. U.S.-backed Syrian fighters resumed their offensive on the last pocket held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria lighting the skies over the besieged village as artillery shelling and heavy gunfire rang in the distance.

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Women and children who were evacuated out of the last territory held by Islamic State militants wait to be screened outside Baghouz, Syria.

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A member of U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) watches over people who were evacuated out of the last territory held by Islamic State militants, outside Baghouz, Syria.

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People sit in a truck after being evacuated out of the last territory held by Islamic State militants, outside Baghouz, Syria. Hundreds of people including IS fighters evacuated their last foothold in eastern Syria hours after U.S.-backed Syrian fighters said they were forced to slow their advance because the extremists are using civilians as human shields.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, gestures while speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. The talks are expected to focus on the situation in Syria.

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Men wait to be screened after being evacuated out of the last territory held by Islamic State militants, near Baghouz, eastern Syria.

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A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter reacts as an airstrike hits territory still held by Islamic State militants in the desert outside Baghouz, Syria. The Islamic State group has been reduced from its self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq at its height in 2014 to a speck of land on the countries' shared border.

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This photo released by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows people next to a crater caused by a shell from Syrian forces, at the town of Maaret al-Numan, Idlib, north Syria. Syrian government forces shelled areas held by insurgents, in the latest violation of a September truce reached between Russia and Turkey that averted a wide government offensive on the last major rebel stronghold in Idlib province.

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A convoy of Turkish military trucks carrying tanks and armoured personnel carriers destined for Syria in preparation for a possible military offensive, moves in Hatay province, southeastern Turkey, near the border with Syria. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to devastate NATO ally Turkey's economy if it attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria underscores America's commitment to its partners.

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a woman receives treatment at a hospital following a suspected poison gas attack on her town of al-Khalidiya, in Aleppo, Syria.

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People drive their cars past destroyed buildings in the city of Aleppo, Syria. Russian air defense assets in Syria claim to have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops.

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People ride their motorcycle by damaged buildings in the old town of Homs, Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry said it is coordinating efforts to help Syrian refugees return home and rebuild the country's infrastructure destroyed by the civil war.

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Smoke and explosions from the fighting between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels in southern Syria as seen from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

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Fire trails and explosions from the fighting between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels in southern Syria as seen from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

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A Syrian soldier stands guard at his post overlooking the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the central Syrian town of Rastan, Homs province, Syria.

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Men pose for a picture as they sit in the street in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria.

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A man rides his bicycle through rubble in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria.

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Children walk in a camp for internally displaced people in al-Bab, northern Syria. Al-Bab was seized by Turkey and Syrian opposition fighters it backs in February last year, following a gruelling six-month offensive that pushed out the Islamic State group militants from one of its last strongholds. Officials say nearly 300,000 people have come to live in al-Bab, most of them Syrians fleeing fighting in other parts of Syria.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, reacts with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. A transcript of meeting released by the Kremlin quoted Assad as saying that Syria is making progress in fighting "terrorism," which "opens the door to the political process."

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