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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)

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Illustration on the increasingly dangerous international situation developing in Syria by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

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Syrian President Bashar Assad's fate may lie in a compromise between Mr. Putin and President Obama that would let him stay for the short term.

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Illustration on ISIS slaughter of Christians in Iraq and Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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One of Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars, Khaled al-Asaad, speaks in Syria. Islamic State militants beheaded al-Asaad in the ancient town of Palmyra, Syria, then strapped his body to one of the town's Roman columns, Syrian state media and an activist group said Wednesday. (SANA via AP)

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Islamic State militants have made it a priority to mold children under their rule into a new generation of fighters, suicide bombers and executioners. (Associated Press/File)

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Robert Rose, 25, left the Bronx, N.Y. to fight in Syria against the Islamic State group. (Image: NBC News screenshot) ** FILE **

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National Edition News cover for July 26, 2015 - Islamic State works to build a government system: The Islamic State is building up infrastructure across territory its militants have captured in Iraq and Syria. Analysts say the group will become more entrenched among local populations if its governance goes unchallenged. (jihadology.net)

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Turkish army tanks hold positions near the border with Syria, in the outskirts of the village of Elbeyi, east of the town of Kilis, in southeaster Turkey, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Suspected Islamic State militants fired at a Turkish military outpost from a region under IS control, inside Syrian territory Thursday, killing a Turkish soldier and wounding two others, an official said. Turkish troops retaliated to the attack and at least one IS militant was killed, amid a surge of violence in Turkey following a suicide bomb attack near Turkey's border with Syria which killed 32 people. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

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A Kurdish YPG fighter at a base in northeastern Syria said his M-16 assault rifle, stamped with the words "Property of U.S. Govt," was captured from the Islamic State, which probably took it from the Iraqi army. (Campbell MacDiarmid/Special to The Washington Times)

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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., talks to media before entering a classified members-only briefing on Syria by senior administration officials on Capitol Hill, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Washington. Sunday the Obama administration confidently predicted congressional backing for limited action in Syria. Further classified meetings are scheduled in upcoming days. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)