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A Syrian street vendor sits outside Damascus Castle in the old section of Damascus, Syria. Historic mosques, churches and markets have been smashed by shelling and looters have stolen artifacts from excavations and museums.

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A Syrian casts his vote at a polling station in Damascus, Syria, the capital, during parliamentary elections on Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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A Syrian casts his vote at a polling station in Damascus, Syria, the capital, during parliamentary elections on Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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A U.N. observer (center) inspects what residents of the town of Taftanaz, Syria, tell him is a mass grave in this image made from amateur video released by Ugarit News and accessed on Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

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A U.N. observer (center) inspects what residents of the town of Taftanaz, Syria, tell him is a mass grave in this image made from amateur video released by Ugarit News and accessed on Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

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**FILE** Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech at Damascus University in Damascus, Syria, on June 20, 2011. (Associated Press/SANA)

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Protesters carry Syrian revolutionary flags during a demonstration in Daraa, Syria, in this image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

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Protesters carry Syrian revolutionary flags during a demonstration in Daraa, Syria, in this image made from amateur video released by the Shaam News Network and accessed on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

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Syrians walk past posters of paramilitary candidates for the upcoming elections in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Preparations are under way in Syria for the parliamentary elections slated for May 7, 2012, as the crisis in the country drags on. (AP Photo Bassem Tellawi)

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Syrians walk past posters of paramilitary candidates for the upcoming elections in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Preparations are under way in Syria for the parliamentary elections slated for May 7, 2012, as the crisis in the country drags on. (AP Photo Bassem Tellawi)

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A Syrian man (left) stands in front of a building that was damaged after two bombs exploded near a military compound in Idlib, Syria, on Monday, April 30, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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A Syrian man (left) stands in front of a building that was damaged after two bombs exploded near a military compound in Idlib, Syria, on Monday, April 30, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Norwegian Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, head of the U.N. observer team in Syria, is seen next to a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, April 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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Norwegian Maj. Gen. Robert Mood, head of the U.N. observer team in Syria, is seen next to a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, April 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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This image made from amateur video released by Shaam News Network and accessed Friday, April 27, 2012, purports to show the head of the U.N. observer team, Col. Ahmed Himmiche, center, walking in Daraa, Syria. The Associated Press cannot independently verify the content, date, location or authenticity of this material. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

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This image made from amateur video released by Shaam News Network and accessed Friday, April 27, 2012, purports to show the head of the U.N. observer team, Col. Ahmed Himmiche, center, walking in Daraa, Syria. The Associated Press cannot independently verify the content, date, location or authenticity of this material. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

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In this image made from amateur video released by Shaam News Network and accessed Thursday, April 26, 2012, a Syrian man holds the Syrian revolutionary flag during a demonstration in Hama, Syria. The Associated Press cannot independently verify the content, date, location or authenticity of this material. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

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In this image made from amateur video released by Shaam News Network and accessed Thursday, April 26, 2012, a Syrian man holds the Syrian revolutionary flag during a demonstration in Hama, Syria. The Associated Press cannot independently verify the content, date, location or authenticity of this material. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

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On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, a Syrian honor guard marching in a funeral procession at the military hospital in Damascus, Syria, carries the coffins of soldiers who were killed in recent violence in the country. (AP Photo/SANA)

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On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, a Syrian honor guard marching in a funeral procession at the military hospital in Damascus, Syria, carries the coffins of soldiers who were killed in recent violence in the country. (AP Photo/SANA)