** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) greets U.N. and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi before their closed-door meeting in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) greets U.N. and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi before their closed-door meeting in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)