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In this image taken by a citizen journalist and provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, anti-Syrian-regime protesters hold a banner against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a demonstration in Dael village in Syria's Daraa province on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)
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In this image taken by a citizen journalist and provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, anti-Syrian-regime protesters hold a banner against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a demonstration in Dael village in Syria's Daraa province on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Local Coordination Committees in Syria)

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