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** FILE ** This Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, file photo shows Syrian President Bashar Assad, seen, during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, unseen, at the presidency in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

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Iraqi and Lebanese Shiite fighters from a group called the Hussein Brigade use a helmet to draw a sniper into view during clashes between the Sunni-dominated Free Syrian Army and government soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, supported by Iraqi and Lebanese fighters, in the town of Hejeira, which Syrian troops captured, in the countryside near Damascus, Syria, on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. A leading Shiite Muslim cleric widely followed by Iraqi militants has issued the first public religious edict permitting Shiites to fight in Syria’s civil war alongside Mr. Assad’s forces. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)

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Iraqi and Lebanese Shiite fighters from a group called the Hussein Brigade use a helmet to draw a sniper into view during clashes between the Sunni-dominated Free Syrian Army and government soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, supported by Iraqi and Lebanese fighters, in the town of Hejeira, which Syrian troops captured, in the countryside near Damascus, Syria, on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. A leading Shiite Muslim cleric widely followed by Iraqi militants has issued the first public religious edict permitting Shiites to fight in Syria’s civil war alongside Mr. Assad’s forces. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)

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Syrian troops watch the Turkey-Syria border from their hilltop vantage point. Their military vehicle bears a poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Writing on the wall under windows translates to "Only Allah and Bashar's Syria - Nothing else." (Associated Press)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad gestures as he speaks during an interview with Italy's RAI News 24 TV at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Mr. Assad said his government will abide by last week's U.N. resolution calling for the country's chemical weapons program to be dismantled and destroyed. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad gestures as he speaks during an interview with Italy's RAI News 24 TV at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Mr. Assad said his government will abide by last week's U.N. resolution calling for the country's chemical weapons program to be dismantled and destroyed. (AP Photo/SANA)

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A Lebanese army soldier sits behind his weapon on the top of an armored personnel carrier, during clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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A Lebanese man runs to cross a street to avoid sniper fire, during clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The latest round of violence in Lebanon’s second largest city began Saturday and has so far killed a dozen and wounded more than 100, according to security officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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A Lebanese man runs to cross a street to avoid sniper fire, during clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The latest round of violence in Lebanon’s second largest city began Saturday and has so far killed a dozen and wounded more than 100, according to security officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)