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  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, gives a speech in a mosque inside the leader's housing compound in Tehran on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader)

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  • This citizen journalist image made from video provided by Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian rebels celebrating the takeover of Mayadeen military base near Deir el-Zour on Nov. 22, 2012. Syrian rebels strengthened their hold in an oil-rich strategic province bordering Iraq, capturing a key military base that was considered the last bastion for regime forces in the area. (Associated Press/Shaam News Network via AP video)

    Bomb in Palestinian camp in Damascus kills 4

    A bomb blast in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus killed four people and seriously wounded a member of a faction that has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country's bitter civil war, activists said Friday.

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syria President Bashar Assad, right, meets with the speaker of the Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani (left) in Damascus, Syria, on Nov. 23, 2012. Larijani was in Damascus where he held talks with Assad and other officials before flying on to neighboring Lebanon. (Associated Press/SANA)

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