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Photographs of victims of the Assad regime are displayed as a Syrian Army defector known as "Caesar", appears in disguise to speak before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a briefing called "AssadÕs Killing Machine Exposed: Implications for U.S. Policy" concerning the Assad regime, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 31, 2014. "Caesar" was apparently a witness to Bashar al-Assad's brutality and as smuggled more than 50,000 photographs depicting the torture and execution of more then 10,000 dissidents. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Photographs of victims of the Assad regime are displayed as a Syrian Army defector known as "Caesar", appears in disguise to speak before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a briefing called "AssadÕs Killing Machine Exposed: Implications for U.S. Policy" concerning the Assad regime, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 31, 2014. "Caesar" was apparently a witness to Bashar al-Assad's brutality and as smuggled more than 50,000 photographs depicting the torture and execution of more then 10,000 dissidents. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A Syrian Army defector known as "Caesar" appears in disguise to speak before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a briefing called "Assad’s Killing Machine Exposed: Implications for U.S. Policy" concerning the Assad regime, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 31, 2014. "Caesar" was apparently a witness to Bashar al-Assad's brutality and as smuggled more than 50,000 photographs depicting the torture and execution of more then 10,000 dissidents. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Chairman Ed Royce (R-Cal.), center, turns to look at photographs of victims of the Assad regime behind him as Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), right, gives his opening statement as a Syrian Army defector known as "Caesar", appears in disguise to speak before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a briefing called "AssadÕs Killing Machine Exposed: Implications for U.S. Policy" concerning the Assad regime, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 31, 2014. "Caesar" was apparently a witness to Bashar al-Assad's brutality and as smuggled more than 50,000 photographs depicting the torture and execution of more then 10,000 dissidents. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Photographs of victims of the Assad regime are displayed as a Syrian Army defector known as "Caesar", right, appears in disguise to speak before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a briefing called "AssadÕs Killing Machine Exposed: Implications for U.S. Policy" concerning the Assad regime, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 31, 2014. "Caesar" was apparently a witness to Bashar al-Assad's brutality and as smuggled more than 50,000 photographs depicting the torture and execution of more then 10,000 dissidents. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Photographs of victims of the Assad regime are displayed as a Syrian Army defector known as "Caesar" appears in disguise to speak before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a briefing called "AssadÕs Killing Machine Exposed: Implications for U.S. Policy" concerning the Assad regime, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 31, 2014. "Caesar" was apparently a witness to Bashar al-Assad's brutality and as smuggled more than 50,000 photographs depicting the torture and execution of more then 10,000 dissidents. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A Syrian Army defector known as "Caesar", center, appears in disguise to speak before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a briefing called "AssadÕs Killing Machine Exposed: Implications for U.S. Policy" concerning the Assad regime, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 31, 2014. "Caesar" was apparently a witness to Bashar al-Assad's brutality and as smuggled more than 50,000 photographs depicting the torture and execution of more then 10,000 dissidents. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Associated press photographs Syrian military intelligence appears to be providing assistance to the U.N. special tribunal investigating the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to shield Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (above) from blame.

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Image of letter from Virginia Sen. Richard H. Black, Loudoun Republican, to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, taken from Mr. Assad's Facebook page.

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FILE - In this undated file image provided by ABC, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad speaks with ABC News Anchor Barbara Walters for an interview that aired on Dec. 7, 2011, on ABC. On Friday, May 16, 2014, capping a spectacular half-century run she began as the so-called "Today" Girl, Walters will exit ABC's "The View." Behind the scenes she will remain as an executive producer of the New York-based talk show she created 17 years ago, and make ABC News appearances as events warrant and stories catch her interest. (AP Photo/ABC, Rob Wallace, File)

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New York Times columnist David Brooks said Sunday that he believes President Obama’s foreign policy isn’t “tough enough” and that he has a “manhood problem” when it comes to dealing with leaders like Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad. (NBC News via Think Progress)

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New York Times columnist David Brooks said Sunday that he believes President Obama’s foreign policy isn’t “tough enough” and that he has a “manhood problem” when it comes to dealing with leaders like Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad. (NBC News via Think Progress)