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A Syrian man and his son drive in vehicle battered by years on conflict in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on November 10, 2015.

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A Syrian man and his son drive in vehicle battered by years on conflict in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, Syria

A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes Kurds, Arabs and Syriac Christians, monitors the countryside of the northeastern town of Al-Hol, in the Syrian Hasakeh province, at sunset. The SDF said it had launched its first operation against territory controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group in the northeast.

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A fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes Kurds, Arabs and Syriac Christians, monitors the countryside of the northeastern town of Al-Hol, in the Syrian Hasakeh province, at sunset

TOPSHOTS Syrians are seen inside a cage ...TOPSHOTS Syrians are seen inside a cage in Douma, the largest opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, on October 31, 2015, as it has been reported that a major Syrian rebel group is using dozens of captives in metal cages as "human shields". Jaish al-Islam, regarded as the most powerful rebel group near the capital, has put regime soldiers and Alawite civilians it was holding in metal cages, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-FAROQAHMAD AL-FAROQ/AFP/Getty Images

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Syrians are seen inside a cage in Douma, the largest opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus. It has been reported that a major Syrian rebel group is using dozens of captives in metal cages as “human shields”. Jaish al-Islam, regarded as the most powerful rebel group near the capital, has put regime soldiers and Alawite civilians it was holding in metal cages, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP. 

Smoke billows from a building

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Smoke billows from a building early on Friday, following reported shelling by Syrian government forces in the rebel-controlled area of Douma, east of Damascus. 

A refugee hands over a toddler to a volunteer lifeguard as a half-sunken catamaran carrying around 150 refugees, most of them Syrians, arrives after crossing part of the Aegean sea from Turkey on the Greek island of Lesbos...A refugee hands over a toddler to a volunteer lifeguard as a half-sunken catamaran carrying around 150 refugees, most of them Syrians, arrives after crossing part of the Aegean sea from Turkey on the Greek island of Lesbos, October 30, 2015. There were no casaulties amongst the refugees who were travelling on the catamaran, according to a Reuters witness. The death toll from drownings at sea has mounted recently as weather in the Aegean has taken a turn for the worse, turning wind-whipped sea corridors into deadly passages for thousands of refugees crossing from Turkey to Greece.  REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis

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A refugee prepares to hand over a toddler to a volunteer lifeguard as a half-sunken catamaran carrying around 150 refugees, most of them Syrians, arrives after crossing part of the Aegean sea from Turkey on the Greek island of Lesbos. 

Syrians walk through debris following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on October 29, 2015. Syrian government air strikes on a market and a hospital killed several civilians in Douma, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor and activists said. Dozens more were wounded, several seriously, and the toll is likely to rise. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY (Photo credit should read ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Syrians walk through debris following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the capital Damascus. Syrian government air strikes on a market and a hospital killed several civilians in Douma, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor and activists said. Dozens more were wounded, several seriously, and the toll is likely to rise. 

A man rests in a damaged site from what activists said was barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's president Al-Assad in the southern town of Bosra al-Sham, Deraa province, Syria...A man rests in a damaged site from what activists said was barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad in the historic Syrian southern town of Bosra al-Sham, Deraa

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A man rests in a damaged site from barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad in the historic Syrian southern town of Bosra al-Sham, Deraa

A woman from Syria covered with a blanket looks on as she waits to cross the border with Croatia near the village of Berkasovo...A woman from Syria covered with a blanket looks on as she waits to cross the border with Croatia near the village of Berkasovo, Serbia, October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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A woman from Syria looks on as she waits to cross the border with Croatia near the village of Berkasovo, Serbia

Men play chess in front of a damaged building in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Naaman town in Idlib province, Syria...Men play chess in front of a damaged building in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Naaman town in Idlib province, Syria October 19, 2015.

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Men play chess in front of a damaged building in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Naaman town in Idlib province, Syria on Monday

Syrian refugee camp in Turkey

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Syrian refugee boy plays with toy guns at Akcakale Refugee Camp in Sanliurfa, southeastern Turkey, on Thursday.

A Syrian boy sits at a tombstone shop at the entrance of a cemetery in Damascus on Wednesday as Muslims prepare to celebrate Eid al-Adha during which they visit the graves of their dead relatives put myrtle, water and renovate their tombstones

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A Syrian boy sits at a tombstone shop at the entrance of a cemetery in Damascus on Wednesday as Muslims prepare to celebrate Eid al-Adha during which they visit the graves of their dead relatives put myrtle, water and renovate their tombstones

A Syrian man carries his two two girls as he walks across the rubble following a barrel bomb attack on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday. Once Syria's economic powerhouse, Aleppo has been ravaged by fighting since the rebels seized the east of the city in 2012, confining government forces to the west

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A Syrian man carries his two two girls as he walks across the rubble following a barrel bomb attack on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday

A Syrian woman stands holding a banner that reads in Turkish ''we are migrants, we will pass''

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A Syrian woman stands holding a banner that reads in Turkish ”we are migrants, we will pass” near the highway on their way to the border between Turkey and Greece.

A woman walks on the railway track on her way to a temporary holding center for migrants after crossing the borderline between Serbia and Hungary near Roszke, southern Hungary, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Hungarian authorities hope reinforced border patrols, speeded up construction of a 4-meter (13-feet) high fence on the border with Serbia and new laws criminalizing people entering Hungary illegally or cutting through the fence will deter migrants from coming to Hungary as they try to make their way to Germany and other countries west. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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A woman walks on the railway track on her way to a temporary holding centre for migrants after crossing the borderline between Serbia and Hungary near Roszke, southern Hungary today.

TOPSHOTS A picture taken on September 7,...TOPSHOTS A picture taken on September 7, 2015 shows a general view of damaged buildings in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus as a sandstorm blows over the city.  AFP PHOTO / SAMEER AL-DOUMY  SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP/Getty Images

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This picture shows a general view of damaged buildings in the rebel-held area of Douma Syria as a sandstorm blows over the city

TOPSHOTS A newborn lies on a bed in a ci...TOPSHOTS A newborn lies on a bed in a civilian hospital on September 6 ,2015 in Kobane, northern Syria. Several Turkish soldiers were killed on September 6, 2015 in a major attack in southeastern Hakkari province suspected to have been carried out by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, reports said. AFP PHOTO/YASIN AKGULYASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images

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A newborn baby lies on a bed in a civilian hospital in Kobane, northern Syria. Several Turkish soldiers were killed on Sunday in a major attack in southeastern Hakkari province suspected to have been carried out by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, reports said

Migrants from Syria sleep at a park in Belgrade, Serbia

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Migrants from Syria sleep at a park in Belgrade, Serbia. Over 10,000 migrants, including many women with babies and small children, have crossed into Serbia over the past few days and headed toward Hungary and the EU Schengen Area, a zone with no internal border checks between member countries.

A woman pushes a baby stroller as she rushes away after what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on a busy marketplace in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria...A woman pushes a baby stroller as she rushes away after what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on a busy marketplace in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria August 12, 2015. Syrian government air strikes on rebel-held areas near Damascus killed at least 31 people on Wednesday, and insurgents bombarded the capital with rockets that killed at least 13 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh   NO ARCHIVES

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A woman pushes a baby stroller as she rushes away after what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad on a busy marketplace in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus. Syrian government air strikes on rebel-held areas near Damascus killed at least 31 people on Wednesday, and insurgents bombarded the capital with rockets that killed at least 13 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. 

Syrian refugees on a dinghy drift in the Aegean sea off the Greek island of Kos in Greece...An officer onboard a Greek Coast Guard boat (L) talks to Syrian refugees overcrowdeding a dinghy as it drifts in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece after its motor broke down off the Greek island of Kos, August 11, 2015. United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the "total chaos" on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe.REUTERS/ Yannis Behrakis

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An officer onboard a Greek Coast Guard boat talks to Syrian refugees overcrowding a dinghy as it drifts in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece after its motor broke down off the Greek island of Kos on Tuesday 

Syrian child injured

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A Syrian child injured from a chemical attack according to her father, waits to reach a train heading to the border with Serbia at the train station in Gevgelija, on the Macedonian-Greek border on Tuesday