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Syrian President Bashar Assad

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** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) meets with Robert Ford, the new U.S. ambassador to Syria, in Damascus, Syria, in Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Syrian Arab News Agency, File)

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** FILE ** In this March 22, 2005, photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, talks to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi prior the 17th League of Arab States' summit in Algiers. (AP Photo/Nabil)

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In this photo from March 22, 2005, Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) talks to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi prior the 17th League of Arab States' summit in Algiers, Algeria. (Associated Press)

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A man chants slogans during a demonstration against Syrian President Bashar Assad in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid)

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Syrian regime supporters wave a big portrait of President Bashar Assad on Oct. 12, 2011, during a demonstration in Damascus, Syria, to show their support for Assad and to thank Russia and China for blocking a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Syria for its brutal crackdown. (Associated Press)

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Protesters shout slogans against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime after prayers in Tripoli, Lebanon, on Friday, Oct, 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a joint press conference with his Venezuelan and Cuban counterpats in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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Demonstrators against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad hold a banner with the Muslim crescent, Christian cross, Alawite-sect sword, the name of Imam Ali, and the Arabic words "The Syrian people is one" on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, in Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Citizen journalist via the Union of Homs City Neighborhood)

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Syrian citizens walk in an alley of Hamidiyah popular market decorated by portraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Syrian flags in Damascus, Syria, on Oct. 5, 2011. European countries criticized Russia and China on Wednesday for vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution that threatened sanctions against Syria if it didn't halt its crackdown on civilians. (Associated Press)

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In this video grab photo released Oct. 4, 2011, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, A woman claiming that she is Zainab al-Hosni who the Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, and Syrian activists reported last month that was found dead and mutilated after she was detained in her hometown of Homs, shows her ID card during an interview with the Syrian state television, in Damascus, Syria. (Associated Press/SANA)

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Syrian army soldiers carry the coffins of comrades killed in recent violence in the country during a funeral procession on Oct. 1, 2011, at the military hospital in Homs, Syria. (Associated Press/SANA)

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In this citizen journalism image made with a mobile phone and provided by Shaam News Network, foes of Syrian President Bashar Assad flash victory signs as one woman displays one hand with the Arabic word reading: "leave" during a demonstration Friday in Edlib province against the Syrian regime. (Associated Press)

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A citizen-journalist says this mobile-phone photo shows a demonstration against Syrian President Bashar Assad held Friday in Homs province. After six months of peaceful insurgency met by severe crackdowns, more protesters are starting to take up arms. (Homs Quarters Union via Associated Press)

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In this citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone and provided by Shaam News Network, Anti-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters hold a banner during a demonstration against the Syrian regime, at Kfar Nebel village, in Edlib province, Syria, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. The Associated Press is unable to independently verify the authenticity, content, location or date of this handout photo. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad (right) prays during a service for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, at the Hafez Assad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/SANA)

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A Syrian sweet vendor stands outside his shop at a popular market in the old city of Damascus, Syria, on Aug. 29, 2011. A picture above the shop depicts the late Syrian President Hafez Assad (left) and his dead son Bassel Assad. (Associated Press)

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Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad carry his picture as they shout pro-regime slogans during a demonstration in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. The Arabic on picture reads, "You protect our home; peace be upon you." (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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Unidentified delegates speak together before the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council's special session on Syria taking place at the U.N.'s European headquarters in Geneva on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Keystone/Salvatore Di Nolfi)

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In this image from a Syrian state television interview broadcast Sunday Aug 21 2011, President Bashar Assad says his security forces are making gains against a 5-month-old uprising and says his government is in no danger of falling. He repeated plans to introduce reforms to Syria, one of the most authoritarian states in the Middle East. He said a committee to study reforms would need at least six months to work. He said the situation in Syria "may seem dangerous ... but in fact we are able to deal with it." (AP Photo/ Syrian state tv via APTN)