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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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** FILE ** In this Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, 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)

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** FILE ** In this Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, 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)

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This image posted on the Syrian presidency’s official Facebook page Thursday purports to show Syrian President Bashar Assad talking with soldiers in Darya, his first known public trip outside the capital since March 2012. (Associated Press)

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This image posted on the Syrian presidency’s official Facebook page on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, purports to show Syrian President Bashar Assad talking with soldiers in Darya, Syria, on his first known public trip outside Damascus, the capital, since March 2012. (Associated Press)

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Syrian rebels run during heavy clashes with soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Salah al-Din neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in this citizen journalism image authenticated by its contents and other AP reporting. Syria is entering its third year of a war that began as an uprising against Mr. Assad's rule. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center)

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** FILE ** Hezbollah supporters fire weapons as they celebrate the fall of the Syrian town of Qusair to forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah fighters, in Bazzalieh village, Lebanon, near the Lebanese-Syrian border, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (Associated Press)

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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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** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (Associated Press/Syrian State TV via AP video)

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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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** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (Associated Press/Syrian State TV via AP video)

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Syrian rebels run during heavy clashes with soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Salah al-Din neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in this citizen journalism image authenticated by its contents and other AP reporting. Syria is entering its third year of a war that began as an uprising against Mr. Assad's rule. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center)

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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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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 rebels run during heavy clashes with soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Salah al-Din neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in this citizen journalism image authenticated by its contents and other AP reporting. Syria is entering its third year of a war that began as an uprising against Mr. Assad's rule. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center)

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Syrian rebels run during heavy clashes with soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Salah al-Din neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in this citizen journalism image authenticated by its contents and other AP reporting. Syria is entering its third year of a war that began as an uprising against Mr. Assad's rule. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, speaks during an interview published with the state-run Al-Thawra newspaper, in Damascus, Syria, Thursday, July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with the state-run Al-Thawra newspaper in Damascus, Syria, on Thursday, July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Hezbollah supporters fire weapons as they celebrate the fall of the Syrian town of Qusair to forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah fighters, in Bazzalieh village, Lebanon, near the Lebanese-Syrian border, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (Associated Press/Syrian State TV via AP video)