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The national soccer team of Syria observes a moment of silence for last week's attacks in Paris ahead of their second round soccer match of regional qualifiers against Singapore for the 2018 World Cup, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 in Singapore. WLD(AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

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Syria‘s national football team observes a moment of silence for last week’s attacks in Paris ahead of their second round soccer match of regional qualifiers against Singapore for the 2018 World Cup 

Yazidi refugees celebrate news of the liberation of their homeland of Sinjar from ISIL extremists, while at a refugee camp on Friday in Derek, Rojava, Syria. Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq say they have retaken Sinjar, with the help of airstrikes from U.S. led coalition warplanes. The Islamic State captured Sinjar in August 2014, killing many and sexually enslaving thousands of Yazidi women

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Yazidi refugees celebrate news of the liberation of their homeland of Sinjar from ISIL extremists, while at a refugee camp on Friday in Derek, Rojava, Syria. Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq have retaken Sinjar, with the help of airstrikes from U.S. led coalition warplanes

***BESTPIX***Syrian Kurdish Republic Of Rojava Becomes Bulwark In Battle Against ISIL...HOLE, SYRIA - NOVEMBER 10:  Local residents speak with a Kurdish soldier while an oil well burns in the distance on November 10, 2015 near the ISIL-held town of Hole in the autonomous region of Rojava, Syria. Troops from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab units, are attacking ISIL extremists in the area near the Iraqi border. The predominantly Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria has become a bulwark against the Islamic State. Their armed forces, with the aid of U.S. airstrikes and weapons, have been battling ISIL, who had earlier captured much of the region from the Syrian regime.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

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Local residents speak with a Kurdish soldier while an oil well burns in the distance near the ISIS-held town of Hole in the autonomous region of Rojava, Syria. Troops from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab units, are attacking ISIS extremists in the area near the Iraqi border.

Arstrike on rebel-held city of Douma...epa05019095 A Syrian child reacts as he receives first aid in a field hospital following an airstrike by forces loyal to the Syrian government in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 10 November 2015. According to the opposition, at least ten civilians were killed in Syrian regime strikes on the rebel-held Douma on 10 November.

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A Syrian child reacts as he receives first aid in a field hospital following an airstrike by forces loyal to the Syrian government in the rebel-held area of Douma, Syria 

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