• In this Tuesday, May 3, 2016 file photo, released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens and firefighters gather at the scene where one of rockets hit the Dubeet hospital in the central neighborhood of Muhafaza in Aleppo, Syria. As one of the few pediatricians remaining in the Syrian city Aleppo, Dr. Mohammed Wassim Maaz was the last ray of hope for tens of thousands of children and their parents trapped in the horror and misery of the five-year civil war.  (SANA via AP, File)

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    BEIRUT (AP) — As one of the few pediatricians remaining in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Dr. Mohammed Wassim Maaz offered hope to tens of thousands of children and their parents trapped in the horror and misery of the five-year civil war. But last month, an airstrike widely believed to have been carried out by the Syrian government destroyed the al Quds hospital where he worked, killing Maaz and dozens of colleagues, patients and other civilians.

  • HOLD FOR USE WITH STORY MOVING FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016-This 2007 photo provided by Chase Millsap shows Millsap with the Captain standing next to a suspected truck bomb following a successful raid in Al Anbar, Iraq. After three tours of duty in warn-torn Iraq, including one that nearly took his life, Millsap returned to the United States to earn a master's degree in public policy and get on with a civilian life. For the past two years, the former Green Beret soldier has been fighting another battle to gain political asylum for his brother in arms, a man he simply calls The Captain, a soldier who fought alongside him during two of Millsap's tours in Iraq. (Chase Millsap via AP)

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After three military combat tours in war-torn Iraq, Chase Millsap returned home to get on with a civilian life. But there was one thing he couldn’t do: leave a comrade behind, certainly not one who had saved his life.

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After three military combat tours in warn-torn Iraq, Chase Millsap returned home to get on with a civilian life. But there was one thing he couldn’t do: leave a comrade behind.

  • U.S. Navy LT JG Katia Medford-Davis looks from a window of a U.S. Navy Lockheed P-3C Orion patrol aircraft from Sigonella, Sicily, Sunday, May 22, 2016, searching the area in the Mediterranean Sea where the Egyptair flight 804 en route from Paris to Cairo went missing on May 19. Search crews found floating human remains, luggage and seats from the doomed EgyptAir jetliner Friday but face a potentially more complex task in locating bigger pieces of wreckage and the black boxes vital to determining why the plane plunged into the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)

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  • File- This July 13, 2015, file photo shows Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite and Sunni pro-government fighters preparing to attack Islamic State group positions in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq.  Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of military operations to retake the Islamic State-held held city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad in a televised address Sunday, May 22, 2016. Iraqi forces are "approaching a moment of great victory" against the Islamic State group, al-Abadi said surrounded by top military commanders from the ministry of defense and the country's elite counter terrorism forces. Fallujah has been under the control of IS for more than two years. (AP Photo, File)

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of military operations to retake the Islamic State-held held city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, in a televised address on Sunday night.

  • Coptic Christians grieve during prayers for the departed, remembering the victims of EgyptAir flight 804 at Al-Boutrossiya Church, at the main Coptic Cathedral complex, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, May 22, 2016. Making his first public comments since the crash of the Airbus A320 while en route from Paris to Cairo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Sunday it “will take time” to determine the exact cause of the crash, which killed all 66 people on board. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt sent a submarine Sunday to join the hunt for the flight recorders from the EgyptAir jetliner that crashed in the Mediterranean and killed all 66 people aboard, while hundreds of Coptic Christian mourners filled a church in Cairo to pray for their relatives among the dead.

  • In this Friday, May 20, 2016 file photo, Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, speaks during a press conference at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. Israel's defense minister officially stepped down on Sunday, May 22, 2016 capping a tumultuous week of politics that is expected to result in the replacement of the former military chief with an inexperienced hard-liner in the sensitive post. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

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  • Shiite clerics and mourners pray over the Iraqi flag-draped coffins of two people killed in protests at Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone on Friday, during their funeral at the holy shrine of Imam Ali, in Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, May 21, 2016. Hundreds gathered in Baghdad's Sadr City and at the holy shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf, as families held funerals for the two men killed in Friday's protests. Their coffins were hoisted above the crowds of mourners in Sadr City before being driven to Najaf for burial. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

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    BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds gathered in Baghdad’s Sadr City Saturday as families held funerals for two people killed in protests a day earlier. The coffins for the two men were hoisted above the crowds of mourners before being driven to the holy city of Najaf for burial.

  • Army Gen. Joseph Votel speaks to reporters Saturday, May 21, 2016 during a secret trip to Syria. Votel said he is encouraged by progress in building local Syrian Arab and Kurdish forces to fight the Islamic State. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

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    NORTHERN SYRIA (AP) — On a secret trip to Syria, the new commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Saturday he felt a moral obligation to enter a war zone to check on his troops and make his own assessment of progress in organizing local Arab and Kurd fighters for what has been a slow campaign to push the Islamic State out of Syria.