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  • Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) stands next to Gen. Dawoud Rajha (right), Syria's defense minister, during a ceremony to mark the 38th anniversary of the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war, in Damascus, Syria, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/SANA)

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  • In this photo taken during a government organized tour, a road is blocked in the central city of Hama, Syria, on Aug. 7, 2011. (Associated Press)

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