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Associated press photographs 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.

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A portrait of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri sits on his grave which is covered by flowers in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Nearly nine years after the truck bomb assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri shook the Middle East and awakened the seeds of Sunni-Shiite hatreds, an international tribunal begins the long awaited trial of four Hezbollah suspects Thursday. The men have not been arrested, and the Hague-based court will try them in absentia in the first such trial since World War II. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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FILE - This undated photo released by the website of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon shows Lebanese Hassan Oniessi, one of the four Hezbollah members suspected in involvement in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Nearly nine years after the truck bomb assassination of Hariri shook the Middle East and awakened the seeds of Sunni-Shiite hatreds, an international tribunal begins the long awaited trial of four Hezbollah suspects Thursday. The men have not been arrested, and the Hague-based court will try them in absentia in the first such trial since World War II. (AP Photo/Special Tribunal for Lebanon, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES

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FILE - This undated file photo released by the website of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon shows Lebanese Assad Hassan Sabra, one of the four Hezbollah members suspected in involvement in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Nearly nine years after the truck bomb assassination of Hariri shook the Middle East and awakened the seeds of Sunni-Shiite hatreds, an international tribunal begins the long awaited trial of four Hezbollah suspects Thursday. The men have not been arrested, and the Hague-based court will try them in absentia in the first such trial since World War II. (AP Photo/Special Tribunal for Lebanon, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES

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FILE - This undated file photo released by the website of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon shows Lebanese Mustafa Amine Badreddine, one of the four Hezbollah members suspected in involvement in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Nearly nine years after the truck bomb assassination of Hariri shook the Middle East and awakened the seeds of Sunni-Shiite hatreds, an international tribunal begins the long awaited trial of four Hezbollah suspects Thursday. The men have not been arrested, and the Hague-based court will try them in absentia in the first such trial since World War II. (AP Photo/Special Tribunal for Lebanon, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES

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FILE - In this undated file photo released by the website of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Lebanese Salim Jamil Ayyash, one of the four Hezbollah members suspected in involvement in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Nearly nine years after the truck bomb assassination of Hariri shook the Middle East and awakened the seeds of Sunni-Shiite hatreds, an international tribunal begins the long awaited trial of four Hezbollah suspects Thursday. The men have not been arrested, and the Hague-based court will try them in absentia in the first such trial since World War II. (AP Photo/Special Tribunal for Lebanon, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO SALES

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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 14, 2005 file photo, vehicles burn following a bomb attack that targeted the motorcade of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, killing him and 22 others in Beirut, Lebanon. Nearly nine years after the truck bomb assassination of Hariri shook the Middle East and awakened the seeds of Sunni-Shiite hatreds, an international tribunal begins the long awaited trial of four Hezbollah suspects Thursday. The men have not been arrested, and the Hague-based court will try them in absentia in the first such trial since World War II. (AP Photo/File)

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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 14, 2005 file photo, vehicles burn following a bomb attack that targeted the motorcade of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, killing him and 22 others in Beirut, Lebanon. Nearly nine years after the truck bomb assassination of Hariri shook the Middle East and awakened the seeds of Sunni-Shiite hatreds, an international tribunal begins the long awaited trial of four Hezbollah suspects Thursday. The men have not been arrested, and the Hague-based court will try them in absentia in the first such trial since World War II. (AP Photo/File)

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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2000, file photo, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri speaks at a news conference at his residence in Beirut, Lebanon. Nearly nine years after the truck bomb assassination of Hariri shook the Middle East and awakened the seeds of Sunni-Shiite hatreds, an international tribunal begins the long awaited trial of four Hezbollah suspects Thursday. The men have not been arrested, and the Hague-based court will try them in absentia in the first such trial since World War II. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

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An Arabic copy of the international tribunal which reads, "The original rule of the international tribunal for Lebanon," sits in front of posters of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri next to his grave in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Nearly nine years after the truck bomb assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri shook the Middle East and awakened the seeds of Sunni-Shiite hatreds, an international tribunal begins the long awaited trial of four Hezbollah suspects Thursday. The men have not been arrested, and the Hague-based court will try them in absentia in the first such trial since World War II. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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A Lebanese woman passes a portrait of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri near his grave in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Nearly nine years after the truck bomb assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri shook the Middle East and awakened the seeds of Sunni-Shiite hatreds, an international tribunal begins the long awaited trial of four Hezbollah suspects Thursday. The men have not been arrested, and the Hague-based court will try them in absentia in the first such trial since World War II. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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A Lebanese man, center, walks past the slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's grave in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Nearly nine years after the truck bomb assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri shook the Middle East and awakened the seeds of Sunni-Shiite hatreds, an international tribunal begins the long awaited trial of four Hezbollah suspects Thursday. The men have not been arrested, and the Hague-based court will try them in absentia in the first such trial since World War II. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)