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A Free Syrian Army soldier fires his weapon during clashes with Syrian government forces in the Saladin neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria, on Wednesday. An activist in Damascus said rebels are increasingly using a tactic of quick-hit attacks to frustrate security forces and keep the capital and other locations unstable. (Associated Press)

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In this Thursday Aug. 2, 2012 photograph, Syrian rebel fighters man an improvised checkpoint in a suburb of Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo)

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In this Thursday Aug. 2, 2012 photograph, Syrian rebel fighters man an improvised checkpoint in a suburb of Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo)

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In this Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2012 photo, a Syrian medic helps a wounded man in Maarat Misrin, Idlib province, northern Syria. (AP Photo)

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** FILE ** In this June 3, 2012, file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech at the parliament in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

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** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech on Sunday, June 3, 2012, at the parliament in Damascus, Syria. (Associated Press/SANA)

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**FILE** Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, speaks June 30, 2012, during a news conference at the U.N. headquarters in Geneva. (Associated Press/Keystone)

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In this Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2012 photo, a Syrian medic helps a wounded man in Maarat Misrin, Idlib province, northern Syria. (AP Photo)

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In this Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2012 photo, a Syrian medic helps a wounded man in Maarat Misrin, Idlib province, northern Syria. (AP Photo)

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**FILE** Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, speaks June 30, 2012, during a news conference at the U.N. headquarters in Geneva. (Associated Press/Keystone)

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In this citizen journalism image from Aug. 1, 2012, Syrians chant slogans during a demonstration in Damascus, Syria. Syrian opposition activists say regime forces have swept through neighborhoods south of the capital Damascus in a deadly military operation that has inflicted casualties. (Associated Press/Shaam News Network)

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In this citizen journalism image from Aug. 1, 2012, Syrians chant slogans during a demonstration in Damascus, Syria. Syrian opposition activists say regime forces have swept through neighborhoods south of the capital Damascus in a deadly military operation that has inflicted casualties. (Associated Press/Shaam News Network)

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Free Syrian Army soldiers sit on a sidewalk at the northern town of Sarmada, in Idlib province, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. (AP Photo)

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Free Syrian Army soldiers sit on a sidewalk at the northern town of Sarmada, in Idlib province, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. (AP Photo)

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This image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed July 29, 2012, shows a Syrian military tank in Daraa, Syria. (Associated Press/Shaam News Network via AP video)

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This image made from amateur video released by the Ugarit News and accessed July 31, 2012, purports to show black smoke rising from buildings in Aleppo, Syria. (Associated Press/Ugarit News via AP video)

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This image made from amateur video released by the Ugarit News and accessed July 31, 2012, purports to show black smoke rising from buildings in Aleppo, Syria. (Associated Press/Ugarit News via AP video)

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This image made from amateur video released by the Ugarit News and accessed July 30, 2012, purports to show Free Syrian Army soldiers in Anadan 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Aleppo, Syria. (Associated Press/Ugarit News via AP video)

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This image made from amateur video released by the Ugarit News and accessed July 30, 2012, purports to show Free Syrian Army soldiers in Anadan 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Aleppo, Syria. (Associated Press/Ugarit News via AP video)

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This image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed July 29, 2012, shows a Syrian military tank in Daraa, Syria. (Associated Press/Shaam News Network via AP video)