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**FILE** A Syrian man beats a poster of Syrian President Bashar Assad with a shoe on April 26, 2011, during a protest in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo, Egypt, against the ongoing violence in Syria. (Associated Press)

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Protesters burn a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with 'Corruption' written across his face during a protest in central Athens on May 13, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Syrians who fled violence in their country's western villages along the Lebanese-Syrian border protest Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime during a demonstration in the Wadi Khaled area of Lebanon on Monday, May 16, 2011. (AP Photo)

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Syrians who fled from violence in their country's western villages along the Lebanese-Syrian border protest against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime, in the Wadi Khaled area of Lebanon, about one-half mile from the border, on Monday, May 16, 2011. (AP Photo)

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Demonstrators rally outside the Syrian Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, to protest the crackdown on those who want to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian students shout supportive slogans to Syrian President Bashar Assad (center) as he arrives Friday to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier during Martyrs day in Kasiyoun mountain in Damascus, Syria. (Associated Press)

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Syrian men carry bread loaves during a protest against President Bashar Assad's regime in the coastal town of Banias, Syria, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in this image taken by a citizen journalist with a cellphone camera. (AP Photo)

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Arab Druse Imad Merei wears a scarf with the portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad at his house in the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights.

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Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad stamp their fingerprints in their blood next to posters depicting him in a show of support, as they protest reformists in front the Syrian Embassy in Beirut this week. The opposition to Mr. Assad's rule is seeking a stronger U.S. diplomatic response. (Associated Press)

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Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad raise posters depicting the leader as they protest against pro-reform activists. Pro-government gunmen attacked two villages in a move to crush the uprising against Mr. Assad's regime, witnesses said. (Associated Press)

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A Syrian protester holds the national flag Saturday during a vigil calling for President Bashar Assad to step down in front of Syrian embassy in Amman, Jordan. (Associated Press)

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A Syrian protester holds the national flag in front of the Syrian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, on Saturday, April 9, 2011, during a vigil calling for President Bashar Assad to step down. (AP Photo/Nader Daoud)

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The Syrian official news agency SANA released this photo of President Bashar Assad surrounded by supporters after a speech Wednesday in Damascus. "If a battle is imposed on us today, we welcome it," he said. (SANA via Associated Press)

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Syrians watch President Bashar Assad on television as he addresses parliament in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Mr. Assad, giving his first speech to the nation since anti-government protests erupted in this tightly controlled Arab state, blamed "conspirators" for trying to destroy the country. The speech was seen as a crucial test for Mr. Assad's leadership and one that may determine Syria's future. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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The Syrian government mobilized people loyal to President Bashar Assad at rallies across the country Tuesday, including a massive gathering in Damascus, to show that the embattled leader's regime has wide support. The same day, Mr. Assad fired his Cabinet and promised an end to emergency laws in an attempt to placate dissenters. (Associated Press)

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Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protester, waves Syrian flag as she looks to the crowed who demonstarte to show their support for their president, in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Pledging allegiance for President Bashar Assad as he faces the biggest challenge to his 11-year rule, hundreds of thousands of Syrians gathered in a central Damascus square Tuesday, waving his pictures and chanting support. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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Syrian pro-Assad protesters shout slogans as they carry pictures of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a sit-in in front of the Syrian embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, on Sunday, March 27, 2011. Hundreds of Syrians have demonstrated near their embassy in Beirut in support of the government. The nearly 2,000 demonstrators carried pictures of Assad and chanted: "Our souls, our blood, we sacrifice for you." (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

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Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad shout slogans as they carry pictures of the president during a sit-in in front of the Syrian Embassy in Beirut on Sunday, March 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

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Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad shout pro-Assad slogans as they hold posters of the leader in Damascus, Syria, on Saturday, March 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, right, welcoming his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Damascus airport on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the start of the latter's three-nation trip which includes Algeria and the United States where he is to attend next week's U.N. General Assembly meeting.(AP Photo/ Sana-HO).