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Nawaf Fares, Syria's ex-ambassador to Iraq, sided with "the revolution" against President Bashar Assad. (Associated Press)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks to parliament in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy to Syria, meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League special envoy for Syria, meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Syrian opposition leader Michel Kilo (right) and other members of his delegation leave Russia's Foreign Ministry after a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Syrian opposition leader Michel Kilo (right) and other members of his delegation leave Russia's Foreign Ministry after a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Kofi Annan, United Nations-Arab League special envoy to Syria, met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, on Monday. Mr. Annan said the two reached an understanding on a "framework" for peace that will now be presented to opposition forces. (SANA photographs via Associated Press)

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Syrian troops participate in a live fire exercise in an undisclosed location. (SANA photographs via Associated Press)

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Kofi Annan, United Nations-Arab League special envoy to Syria, met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, on Monday. Mr. Annan said the two reached an understanding on a "framework" for peace that will now be presented to opposition forces. (SANA photographs via Associated Press)

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International envoy Kofi Annan (left) meets July 9, 2012, with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria. (Associated Press/SANA)

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International envoy Kofi Annan (left) meets July 9, 2012, with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria. (Associated Press/SANA)

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**FILE** This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network and taken July 6, 2012, purports to show Syrians during a demonstration in Idlib, Syria. (Associated Press/Shaam News Network)

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**FILE** This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network and taken July 6, 2012, purports to show Syrians during a demonstration in Idlib, Syria. (Associated Press/Shaam News Network)

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**FILE** This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network and taken July 6, 2012, purports to show Syrians during a demonstration in Idlib, Syria. (Associated Press/Shaam News Network)

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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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**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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This citizen journalism image released by Shaam News Network purports to show a child in a military uniform and flashing the victory sign July 6, 2012, at an anti-Assad protest in Kafr Nabil, in northwestern Syria. (Associated Press/Ra'ed Alfares, Shaam News Network)

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This citizen journalism image released by Shaam News Network purports to show a child in a military uniform and flashing the victory sign July 6, 2012, at an anti-Assad protest in Kafr Nabil, in northwestern Syria. (Associated Press/Ra'ed Alfares, Shaam News Network)

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius attend the "Friends of Syria" conference in Paris on July 6, 2012. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius attend the "Friends of Syria" conference in Paris on July 6, 2012. (Associated Press)