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In this Dec. 7, 2018, relatives of people missing in China's far western region of Xinjiang hold up photos at an office of a Chinese Kazakh advocacy organization in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Dake Kang/AP hide caption

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Opinion: The Strange Silence Over China's Muslim Crackdown

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The Pentagon has "begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria," a military spokesman says. In this photo from Dec. 30, 2018, a line of U.S. military vehicles are seen at a checkpoint in northern Syria. Delil Souleiman /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a speech at the American University in Cairo on Thursday that was a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's Mideast policies. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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In Cairo, Pompeo Slams Obama's Mideast Policies, Says Era Of 'American Shame Is Over'

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waits for his helicopter ride to the U.S. Embassy from Baghdad International Airport, during a surprise visit to the Iraqi capital. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun walks by Thai Chief of Immigration Police Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn (right) before leaving the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. Australia says it is considering granting refugee resettlement to the Saudi, who fled from her family, based on referral by the U.N. Immigration Police via AP hide caption

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Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun on her mobile phone as she sat barricaded in a hotel room in Thailand's international airport in Bangkok on Monday. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun/Human Rights Watch via AP hide caption

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan canceled a meeting with U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday, in an apparent snub. Erdogan disagrees with U.S. calls to protect Kurdish militants in Syria who have helped in the fight against ISIS. Burhan Ozbilici/AP hide caption

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U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Austin Renforth (center) went with his Iraqi counterpart, Lt. Gen. Jalil Jabbar al-Rubaie (center left), for a tour of Baghdad's most crowded neighborhoods on Friday. Mootaz Sami/AP Images for NPR hide caption

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A U.S. Commander Went For A Rare Stroll In Baghdad. Many Iraqis Just Shrugged

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In this image made from video, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun sat barricaded in a hotel room at an international airport in Bangkok. Alqunun asked for asylum in Australia, and Thai officials said they won't deport her for now. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun/Human Rights Watch via AP hide caption

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U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during a joint statement to the media follow their meeting, in Jerusalem on Sunday. Oded Balilty/AP hide caption

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The USS Cole approximately one month before being attacked by an al-Qaida suicide mission, which killed 17 American sailors in the port of Aden, Yemen. Courtesy of U.S. Navy/Getty Images hide caption

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Displaced Syrians gather inside a tent in the al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria on Dec. 8. People fled towns where the U.S.-led coalition is fighting the last remnants of ISIS. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'We Were Eating Grass': Syrians Flee As Fight Pushes On Against Last ISIS Remnants

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In Yemen, thousands of civilians have been killed, but in the backdrop of this bloodshed and destruction is another tragedy: the looting of the country's history. Its precious antiquities plundered by criminals and violent extremists. Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Yemen's Loss Of Antiquities Is 'Robbing Them Of Their Future'

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Migrants disembark in a port in southern Spain, after being rescued by a Spanish nongovernmental organization's rescue vessel in December. Spain saw an influx of migrants last year, as total migration across the Mediterranean fell. Olmo Calvo/AP hide caption

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with a delegation of U.S. evangelical Christian leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in November. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via Reuters hide caption

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Evangelicals Seek Detente With Mideast Muslim Leaders As Critics Doubt Motives

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