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In this image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, smoke rises from buildings following purported shelling in Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP Video)

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In this image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, smoke rises from buildings following purported shelling in Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP Video)

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This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, purports to show anti-Syrian regime mourners raising their hands and chanting slogans, as they carry the coffins of Syrian citizens who were killed by the Syrian forces shelling, in Daraa, southern Syria, Tuesday June 26, 2012. Syria's elite Republican Guard forces clashed with rebels just outside Damascus Tuesday in some of the most intense fighting involving the special forces guarding the capital since an uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began last year, activists said. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SNN)

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This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, purports to show anti-Syrian regime mourners raising their hands and chanting slogans, as they carry the coffins of Syrian citizens who were killed by the Syrian forces shelling, in Daraa, southern Syria, Tuesday June 26, 2012. Syria's elite Republican Guard forces clashed with rebels just outside Damascus Tuesday in some of the most intense fighting involving the special forces guarding the capital since an uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began last year, activists said. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SNN)

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This image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed on Sunday, June 24, 2012, purports to show Syrian military tanks in Hama, Syria. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP Video)

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This image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed on Sunday, June 24, 2012, purports to show Syrian military tanks in Hama, Syria. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP Video)

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**FILE** Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) prays next to Syrian Grand Mufti Ahmad Hassoun (second from left) at the Al-Rawda Mosque in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, during a ceremony marking the birth of Islam's Prophet Mohammad. (AP Photo/SANA)

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A Turkish coast guard ship searches the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Sunday, June 24, 2012, for the Turkish warplane that was downed by Syria on Friday. (AP Photo)

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A Turkish coast guard ship searches the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Sunday, June 24, 2012, for the Turkish warplane that was downed by Syria on Friday. (AP Photo)

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on state-run TRT Television in Ankara, Turkey, on Sunday, June 24, 2012, that Turkey would seek a NATO meeting over the downing of a Turkish military plane by Syria on Friday. (AP Photo/Hakan Goktepe, Turkish Foreign Ministry)

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Kofi Annan (right), Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, and Major-General Robert Mood, head of the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria and Chief Military Observer, look on during a news briefing June 22, 2012, at the United Nations in Geneva. (Associated Press)

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Kofi Annan (right), Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, and Major-General Robert Mood, head of the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria and Chief Military Observer, look on during a news briefing June 22, 2012, at the United Nations in Geneva. (Associated Press)

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This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN and taken on Thursday, June 21, 2012, purports to show smoke from shelling rising up from buildings in the Khaldiyeh neighborhood of Homs province, central Syria. The Associated Press is unable to independently verify the authenticity, content, location or date of this handout photo. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SNN)

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This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN and taken on Thursday, June 21, 2012, purports to show smoke from shelling rising up from buildings in the Khaldiyeh neighborhood of Homs province, central Syria. The Associated Press is unable to independently verify the authenticity, content, location or date of this handout photo. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SNN)

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This image made from amateur video released by Ugarit News and accessed Wednesday, June 20, 2012, purports to Syrians riding motor bikes during a demonstration in Hama, Syria. The Associated Press cannot independently verify the content, date, location or authenticity of this material. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

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This image made from amateur video released by Ugarit News and accessed Wednesday, June 20, 2012, purports to Syrians riding motor bikes during a demonstration in Hama, Syria. The Associated Press cannot independently verify the content, date, location or authenticity of this material. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

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Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Syria's population, say they are particularly vulnerable to the violence sweeping their country. They fear that their future in Syria could be comparable to what Christians in Iraq suffered after the fall of Saddam Hussein when they were targeted repeatedly by extremist militants. "What is happening in these neighborhoods pains our hearts," said Maximos al-Jamal, a Greek Orthodox priest who remains in Homs. (Associated Press)

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In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network ENN, photo taken on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, anti-Syrian regime protesters hold a poster during a demonstration at the northern town of Kfar Nebel, in Idlib province, Syria. Syrian rebels clashed with soldiers for hours overnight in a northwestern province and inflicted heavy casualties on government forces, activists said Wednesday. The fighting came after the head the of the country's U.N. observers said his forces had come under attack and cast doubt on the future of the mission. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

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Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Syria's population, say they are particularly vulnerable to the violence sweeping their country. They fear that their future in Syria could be comparable to what Christians in Iraq suffered after the fall of Saddam Hussein when they were targeted repeatedly by extremist militants. "What is happening in these neighborhoods pains our hearts," said Maximos al-Jamal, a Greek Orthodox priest who remains in Homs. (Associated Press)

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This image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed on Monday, June 18, 2012, purports to show smoke rising from buildings in Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP Video)