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).
Saudi King Abdullah, left, and Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, talk to each other as they step off the plane upon their arrival at Rafik Hariri international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday, July 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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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.