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In this photo from March 11, 2012, Free Syrian Army fighters are seen amid smoke from tank shelling during a day of fierce fighting with the government forces in Idlib, north Syria. At least four rebels were killed and several were injured when the tank shell landed. (Associated Press)
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In this photo from March 11, 2012, Free Syrian Army fighters are seen amid smoke from tank shelling during a day of fierce fighting with the government forces in Idlib, north Syria. At least four rebels were killed and several were injured when the tank shell landed. (Associated Press)

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