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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 12, 2012 file photo, a Syrian revolutionary flag waves on top of a building on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria. Syria's conflict is the most violent to emerge from last year's Arab Spring. The protests started peacefully but prompted a brutal crackdown by President Bashar Assad's government. The fighting has escalated into a civil war that has killed just over 30,000 people over the last year and a half, according to activists. Despite intervening in Libya, the United States has steered clear of taking military action or arming Syria's rebels. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

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The Turkish military guards the border with Syria at a station in Akcakale, Turkey, across from Syrian-rebel-controlled Tel Abyad town (right), on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo)

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The Turkish military guards the border with Syria at a station in Akcakale, Turkey, across from Syrian-rebel-controlled Tel Abyad town (right), on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo)

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In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke rises from houses due to government shelling in Homs, Syria, on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

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In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke rises from houses due to government shelling in Homs, Syria, on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

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A shelling attack Wednesday in Akcakale, Turkey, escalated cross-border tensions with Syria. A woman, her three daughters and another woman were killed and 10 others were wounded. (Associated Press)

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Smoke rises over Saif Al Dawla district in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The U.N.'s deputy secretary-general says U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon made a strong appeal to Syria's foreign minister to stop using heavy weapons against civilians and reduce the violence that is killing 100 to 200 people every day.(AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

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Smoke rises over the Saif Al Dawla district in Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

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** FILE ** Israeli soldiers conduct a military exercise in the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights, captured from neighboring Syria in the 1967 war, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians walk past a crater caused by an explosion at the scene where triple bombs exploded at the Saadallah al-Jabri square, in Aleppo, Syria, on Oct. 3, 2012. (Associated Press/SANA)

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Associated Press Smoke rises in Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday. Hezbollah commander Ali Hussein Nassif’ was killed by a roadside blast in Syria and his body was returned to Lebanon on Sunday. The bodies of other militants also have been returned to Lebanon recently.

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Smoke rises in Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday. Hezbollah commander Ali Hussein Nassif’ was killed by a roadside blast in Syria and his body was returned to Lebanon on Sunday. The bodies of other militants also have been returned to Lebanon recently. (Associated Press)

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This image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows smoke rising from buildings after government shelling in Daraa, Syria, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

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This image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows smoke rising from buildings after government shelling in Daraa, Syria, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem accuses the media, international aid groups and other external forces of attempting to destabilize his country. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem (left) listens to his Lebanese counterpart, Adnan Mansour, at the Nonaligned Movement summit in Tehran on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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** FILE ** Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem (left) listens to his Lebanese counterpart, Adnan Mansour, at the Nonaligned Movement summit in Tehran on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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A displaced Syrian woman and her grandson sit Sept. 30, 2012 in a refugee camp on the Turkey border, near Azaz village in Syria. (Associated Press)

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A displaced Syrian woman and her grandson sit Sept. 30, 2012 in a refugee camp on the Turkey border, near Azaz village in Syria. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Free Syrian Army fighters drink tea next to closed shops in the souk of the old city of Aleppo, Syria, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)