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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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In this Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with Venezuela's state-run Telesur network, in Damascus, Syria. Assad said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that he does not discount the possibility of a U.S. military attack even though threatened action was forestalled when he agreed to give up chemical weapons. (AP Photo/SANA)

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** FILE ** In this Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech at an Iftar dinner with political and religious figures in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

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This Tuesday, July 9, 2013, citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian rebels running during heavy clashes with Syrian soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the Salah al-Din neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad gives an interview to Chinese state television CCTV in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Mr. Assad said his government will allow international experts access to its chemical weapons sites but cautioned that rebels might block them from reaching some of the locations. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad (right) gives an interview to Chinese state television channel CCTV in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Mr. Assad said his government will allow international experts access to its chemical weapons sites, but he cautioned that rebels might block them from reaching some of the locations. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad (right) talks with Dennis J. Kucinich (left) and Greg Palkot of the Fox News Channel in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad (right) talks with Dennis J. Kucinich (left) and Greg Palkot of the Fox News Channel in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/SANA)

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In this photo released on early Thursday Sept. 19, 2013, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with Fox News channel, in Damascus, Syria. Assad says a United Nations report finding "clear and convincing evidence" that sarin nerve gas was used in Syria painted an "unrealistic" account, and he denied his government orchestrated the attack. (AP Photo/SANA)

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In this photo released on early Thursday Sept. 19, 2013, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with Fox News channel, in Damascus, Syria. Assad says a United Nations report finding "clear and convincing evidence" that sarin nerve gas was used in Syria painted an "unrealistic" account, and he denied his government orchestrated the attack. (AP Photo/SANA)

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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)