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Protesters burn portraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a Feb. 26 demonstration in northern Syria. A year after protests began, the United Nations says more than 8,000 people have been killed in the crackdown. (Associated Press)

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Syrian refugees speak with a Turkish soldier as people fleeing violence in Syria continue to cross the border near Reyhanli, Turkey, on Sunday. (Associated Press)

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Rescue teams investigate the scene of an explosion in Aleppo, Syria, on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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A Syrian rebel runs with his AK-47 toward a Syrian army checkpoint in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, on Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo)

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A Syrian rebel runs with his AK-47 toward a Syrian army checkpoint in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, on Saturday March 17, 2012. Two suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in near-simultaneous attacks on heavily guarded intelligence and security buildings in the Syrian capital Damascus Saturday, killing at least 27 people. (AP Photo)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian security forces gather in front of a damaged building near the aviation intelligence department, which was attacked by one of two explosions, in Damascus, Syria, on Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Iranian aid supplies are seen unloaded from a plane at a Damascus airport in Syria on March 15, 2012. The Arabic words on the Iranian flags which attached on the boxes read: "Tribute of love and loyalty from the people of Iran to the dear Syrian people, left, and A gift from Islamic Iran to lofty Syria, right." (Associated Press/SANA)

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This image made from amateur video and released by Shaam News Network on March 15, 2012, purports to show an attack on a castle in Hama, Syria. (Associated Press/Shaam News Network via APTN)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Iranian aid supplies are seen unloaded from a plane at a Damascus airport in Syria on March 15, 2012. (Associated Press/SANA)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian police officers demonstrate their skills March 15, 2012, during the graduation of instructor officers on fighting techniques under the supervision of North Korean experts at Bassel Assad police academy in Damascus, Syria. (Associated Press/SANA)

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Syrian rebels take position during clashes with government forces in Idlib, Syria, on Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this photo from March 11, 2012, the wife of Mohammed Halak slumps in a chair next to his body as she mourns the death of her husband, who was killed during fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and the Syrian Army in Idlib, north Syria. Scores of people have been reported dead during clashes between government forces and Free Syrian Army fighters. (Associated Press)

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In this photo from March 11, 2012, medics help a wounded man outside a hospital during fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces in Idlib, north Syria. Scores of people have been reported dead during clashes between Government forces and Free Syrian Army fighters. (Associated Press)

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In this photo from March 10, 2012, Aida, 32, reacts as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian Army shelled her house in Idlib north Syria. Aida's husband and two children were killed. (Associated Press)

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In this photo from March 11, 2012, Free Syrian Army fighters celebrate after hearing that their comrades destroyed a Syrian Army tank in Idlib, north Syria. (Associated Press)

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In this photo from March 11, 2012, Free Syrian Army fighters ride a motorbike to approach Syrian Army tanks in Idlib, north Syria. (Associated Press)

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In this photo from March 11, 2012, a Free Syrian Army fighter calls for reinforcements as they take cover on a corner in Idlib, north Syria. (Associated Press)

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In this photo from March 11, 2012, Free Syrian Army fighters are seen amid smoke from tank shelling during a day of fierce fighting with the government forces in Idlib, north Syria. At least four rebels were killed and several were injured when the tank shell landed. (Associated Press)

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In this photo from March 11, 2012, Free Syrian Army fighters cry after learning at least four comrades died during clashes with the government forces in Idlib, north Syria. (Associated Press)

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In this photo from March 11, 2012, a Free Syrian Army fighter is assisted by comrades seconds after being wounded by fragments of an exploding shell in Idlib, north Syria. (Associated Press)