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A member of the Free Syrian Army stands guard Monday during a rally of anti-regime demonstrators in Idlib, Syria. The U.S. closed its embassy in Syria, and Britain recalled its ambassador to Damascus in an escalation of Western pressure on President Bashar Assad to give up power. (Associated Press)

A member of the Free Syrian Army stands guard Monday during a rally of anti-regime demonstrators in Idlib, Syria. The U.S. closed its embassy in Syria, and Britain recalled its ambassador to Damascus in an escalation of Western pressure on President Bashar Assad to give up power. (Associated Press)

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