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A Turkish army tank and an armored vehicle are stationed near the border with Syria, in Karkamis, Turkey, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Turkish media reports say Turkish artillery on Tuesday launched new strikes at Islamic State targets across the border in Syria, after two mortar rounds, believed to have been fired by the militants, hit the town of Karkamis, in Turkey's Gaziantep province. Hurriyet newspaper and other reports said the mortar rounds were fired from IS-held Jarablus, Syria.(IHA via AP)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad shakes hands with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, June 18, 2016. Russia's defense minister visited Syria on Saturday to meet the country's leader and inspect the Russian air base there, a high-profile trip intended to underline Moscow's role in the region. (Vadim Savitsky/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service pool photo via AP)

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, testifying on Capitol Hill, was taken to task over the administration's characterization of anti-Islamic State operations in Syria and Iraq as a noncombat mission.

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In this Thursday, April 14, 2016 photo, Smoke rises above a controlled land mine, which was detonated by Russian experts, in the ancient town of Palmyra in the central Homs province, Syria. Cluster munitions, land mines, and other unexploded ordinances are killing Syria's civil defense volunteers as they work to make battle-torn areas safe for civilians to return. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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A Syrian army soldier rides his bike on a street in the Palmyra town in the central Homs province, Syria, Thursday, April 14, 2016. Russian combat engineers arrived in Syria on a mission to clear mines in Palmyra, which has been recaptured from Islamic State militants in an offensive that has proven Russia’s military might in Syria despite a drawdown of its warplanes. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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A Syrian refugee child plays at a playground at the Oncupinar camp for Syrian refugees next to the border crossing with Syria, near the town of Kilis in southeastern Turkey, Thursday, March 17, 2016. European Union leaders will push ahead Thursday with contested plans to send tens of thousands of migrants back to Turkey amid deep divisions over how to manage Europe's biggest refugee emergency in decades. Turkey hosts some 2.7 million people who have fled the five-year conflict in Syria, Turkey's neighbour to the south. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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One report says that any cease-fire in Syria will not prevent Russia from continuing to bomb Aleppo, the rebel-held city, under the ruse of targeting terrorists.

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Illustrations on Christians and Yazidis in Syria and Iraq by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Our Moral Compass on Syria Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Our Moral Compass on Syria Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Rex Features Ltd. do not claim any Copyright or License of the attached imageJihadi John IS militant 'Jihadi John', Syria - Feb 2015 (Rex Features via AP Images)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, speaks during an interview with the Spanish news agency EFE, in Damascus, Syria, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. The Obama administration's best-case scenario for political transition in Syria does not foresee Assad stepping down as the country's leader before March 2017, outlasting Barack Obama's presidency by at least two months, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. (SANA via AP)

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A Syrian refugee, who agreed to be photographed on condition of anonymity because of fear of retaliation against family living in Syria, poses for a portrait with her child on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at the Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley in Whitehall, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the White House lacks a strategy to defeat the terrorist army in Iraq and Syria.

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Effectiveness of Obama Policy in Syria — Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Russian Su-25 jets takes off for a mission from Hemeimeem airbase, Syria, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Since early morning, Russian combat jets have been taking off from this base in western Syria, heading for missions. (AP Photo/Vladimir Kondrashov) 2

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Illustration on Obama's situation with Russia in Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Illustration on Putin's moves in Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Illustration on Putin's actions in Syria by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, Russian SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. The skies over Syria are increasingly crowded, and increasingly dangerous. The air forces of multiple countries are on the attack, often at cross purposes in Syria’s civil war, sometimes without coordination and now, it seems, at risk of unintended conflict. (AP Photo/Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)