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A boy stands on rubble as people try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes and shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad in Douma...A boy stands on rubble as people try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes followed by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, February 9, 2015

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A boy stands on rubble as people try to put out a fire after airstrikes and shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma area of Damascus, Syria

Syrian children react as they wait for t...Syrian children react as they wait for treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, following reported air strikes by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on February 2, 2015. More than 200,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict started, and around half of the country's population has been displaced. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANYABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images

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Syrian children react as they wait for treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, following reported air strikes by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stands next to damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 30, 2015. Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers' sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return soon. Kurdish forces said this week they had taken full control of Kobani, a mainly Kurdish town near the Turkish border, after months of bombardment by Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has spread across Syria and Iraq.

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A fighter of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) stands next to damaged buildings in the northern Syrian town of Kobani on Friday. Sheets meant to hide residents from snipers’ sights still hang over streets in the Syrian border town of Kobani, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return anytime soon

A mannequin is pictured at a damaged building in Kobani...A mannequin is pictured at a damaged building in the northern Syrian town of Kobani January 28, 2015.  Sheets meant to shield residents from the snipers' sights still hang over the streets of this Syrian border town, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return any time soon. Kurdish forces said this week they had taken full control of Kobani, a mainly Kurdish town near the Turkish border, after months of bombardment by Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has spread across Syria and Iraq. Picture taken January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A mannequin is pictured at a damaged building in the northern Syrian town of Kobani. Sheets meant to shield residents from the snipers’ sights still hang over the streets of this Syrian border town, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return any time soon. Kurdish forces said this week they had taken full control of Kobani, a mainly Kurdish town near the Turkish border, after months of bombardment by Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has spread across Syria and Iraq. 

Rebel fighters pray beside the al-Sayyad hill bordering the town of Morek in the northern countryside of Hama

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Rebel fighters pray beside the al-Sayyad hill bordering the town of Morek in the northern countryside of Hama in Syria

A Kurdish fighter smiles as he drives a car in the center of the Syrian border town of Kobane, known as Ain al-Arab, on January 28, 2015. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on January 26 in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq.

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A Kurdish fighter smiles as he drives a car in the centre of the Syrian border town of Kobani, known as Ain al-Arab, on Wednesday. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on Tuesday in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq

TOPSHOTS A wounded Syrian child receives...TOPSHOTS A wounded Syrian child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, after he was injured by a reported air strike fired by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on January 21, 2015. Rebel-held towns such as Douma face frequent aerial and tank bombardment and the siege means food is scarce and medical facilities are ill-equipped to handle either illness or injury. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANYABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images

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A wounded Syrian child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel held area of Douma, northeast of the capital Damascus, after he was injured by a reported air strike fired by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad 

Free Syrian Army snipers in camouflage train in Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria's northwestern Latakia province...Free Syrian Army snipers dressed in camouflage train in Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria's northwestern Latakia province January 12, 2015. REUTERS/Alaa Khweled (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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Free Syrian Army snipers dressed in camouflage train in Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria‘s northwestern Latakia province 

A Syrian man carries wood for a...TOPSHOTS A Syrian man carries wood for a fire in the rebel-held city of Douma on January 11, 2015. Three small girls and an elderly man have died in Syria in the past 24 hours due to bitterly cold temperatures and a week-long storm, a monitoring group said. AFP PHOTO/ ABD DOUMANYABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images

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A Syrian man carries wood for a fire in the rebel-held city of Douma.

Syrians carry water as they walk on a road  near their refugee camp, at Ber-Elias village, in Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Snow fell in the Middle East as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, killing several Syrian refugees in Lebanon and forcing thousands of others who have fled their country civil war to huddle for warmth in refugee camps.

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Syrians carry water as they walk on a road near their refugee camp, at Ber-Elias village, in Bekaa valley, east Lebanon. Snow fell in the Middle East as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, killing several Syrian refugees in Lebanon and forcing thousands of others who have fled their country civil war to huddle for warmth in refugee camps

A Syrian girl eats a sandwich as others fill water containers at a refugee camp in Deir Zannoun village, Bekaa valley, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

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A Syrian girl eats a sandwich as others fill water containers at a refugee camp in Deir Zannoun village, Bekaa valley, Lebanon, today.

A Syrian refugee girl covers herself with a blanket as she stands outside tents at a makeshift settlement in Bar Elias in the Bekaa valley...A Syrian refugee girl covers herself with a blanket as she stands outside tents at a makeshift settlement in Bar Elias in the Bekaa valley January 5, 2015. Lebanon enforced new immigration controls at the Syrian border on Monday in a move to gain control of the steady stream of refugees from its much larger neighbour.   REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT POLITICS)

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A young Syrian refugee covers herself with a blanket as she stands outside tents at a makeshift settlement in Bar Elias in the Bekaa valley. Lebanon enforced new immigration controls at the Syrian border on Monday in a move to gain control of the steady stream of refugees from its much larger neighbour. 

A crib made out of rubble and a Christma...A crib made out of rubble and a Christmas tree are set on a roundabout in the regime-held Hamedieh neighborhood in the Syrian city of Homs on December 22, 2014, as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the holy day. AFP PHOTO / YOUSSEF KARWASHANYOUSSEF KARWASHAN/AFP/Getty Images

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A crib made out of rubble and a Christmas tree are set on a roundabout in the regime-held Hamedieh neighbourhood in the Syrian city of Homs 

A woman carries a child as she walks past a boy selling yogurt along a street in Aleppo's Bab al-Hadeed district December 10, 2014.

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A woman carries a child as she walks past a boy selling yogurt along a street in Aleppo’s Bab al-Hadeed district on Wdnesday

Men sell firewood on a rainy day in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus December 9, 2014. The graffiti on the wall reads, "For the liberation of the humans".

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Men sell firewood on a rainy day in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria on Tuesday. The graffiti on the wall reads: “For the liberation of the humans.”

Participants compete in a running race along a street in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, a rebel-controlled area December 2, 2014.

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Participants compete in a running race along a street in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, a rebel-controlled area on Tuesday.

Turkish soldiers gather around a bonfire in Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province near the border with Syria on Monday. Islamic State group jihadists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and US-led air strikes, monitors said. At least 50 jihadists were killed in the embattled border town in suicide bombings, clashes with Kobane's Kurdish defenders and air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Turkish soldiers gather around a bonfire in Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province near the border with Syria on Monday. Islamic State group jihadists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobani (Ain al-Arab) suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and US-led air strikes

A relative mourns over the grave of a YPG fighter, who was killed during previous clashes with Islamic State fighters, inside a cemetery in the countryside of the town of Derbasiyeh...A relative mourns over the grave of a Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter, who was killed during previous clashes with Islamic State fighters,  inside a cemetery in the countryside of the town of Derbasiyeh, west of the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli

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A relative mourns over the grave of a fighter from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units killed during clashes with Isis fighters near the town of Derbasiyeh, west of the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli

Rebel fighters carry their weapons as they move towards their positions at the frontline against forces loyal to Assad in Maysaloun neighborhood in the old city of Aleppo...Rebel fighters carry their weapons as they move towards their positions at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Maysaloun neighborhood in the old city of Aleppo November 24, 2014.

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Rebel fighters carry their weapons as they move towards their positions at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Maysaloun neighborhood in the old city of Aleppo on Monday

.A Kurdish refugee girl, who is from the Syrian town of Kobani, cooks outside her tent at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province November 20, 2014.

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A Kurdish refugee girl, who is from the Syrian town of Kobani, cooks outside her tent at a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province