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In this citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone Tuesday and acquired by the Associated Press, Syrian anti-government protesters carry candles during a rally in the northeastern city of Qamishli, Syria. Syrian activists and eyewitnesses said on Wednesday that the army is shelling residential areas in the central city of Homs. (Associated Press)

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Demonstrators rally outside the Syrian Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, to protest the crackdown on those who want to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid)

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In this image taken on a mobile phone, a Syrian soldier patrols streets Sunday in Damascus, Syria. A 12-year-old boy was killed Sunday as gunfire and shelling erupted in the central Syrian city of Homs, a flashpoint in the widespread seven-week-old uprising against President Bashar Assad's autocratic regime, an activist said. (Associated Press)

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Syrian anti-government protesters shout slogans as they gather in the coastal town of Banias, Syria, on Friday, May 6, 2011, in this image taken by a citizen journalist with a cellphone camera and acquired by the AP. (AP Photo)

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In this citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone and acquired by the AP, taken on Friday, May 6, 2011, Syrian anti-government protesters carry a banner that reads in Arabic:"the security services has become out of laws and must be tried," during a rally in the central city of Homs, Syria. Syrian tanks rolled into Banias, a Mediterranean coastal town on Saturday May 7, 2011 in an escalating crackdown by President Bashar Assad, just a day after clashes with anti-government protesters that left tens of people dead nationwide, activists said. (AP Photo)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian students shout supportive slogans to Syrian President Bashar Assad (center) as he arrives Friday to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier during Martyrs day in Kasiyoun mountain in Damascus, Syria. (Associated Press)

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Syrian men carry bread loaves during a protest against President Bashar Assad's regime in the coastal town of Banias, Syria, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in this image taken by a citizen journalist with a cellphone camera. (AP Photo)

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In this image made on a mobile phone from the window of a car, showing two Syrian soldiers at a checkpoint in a road tunnel in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Syrian authorities are thought to have detained more than 1,000 people in the latest sweep aimed at crushing the uprising against President Bashar Assad, a human rights group said Tuesday. (AP Photo)

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Arab Druse Imad Merei wears a scarf with the portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad at his house in the village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights.

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The village of Bukata is located in the Golan Heights, an area Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East War. Thousands living in Druse villages like Bukata have turned out to show support for Syria's President Bashar Assad as he faces anti-government protests. But the pro-reform wave stirs mixed feelings for the 20,000 Druse, who never stopped seeing themselves as Syrian but are used to freedoms under Israeli rule. (Associated Press)

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Syrian women attend an anti-government protest in Banias, Syria, on Saturday, April 16, 2011, in this photo taken by a citizen journalist on a cellphone and acquired by the Associated Press. (AP Photo)

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Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad stamp their fingerprints in their blood next to posters depicting him in a show of support, as they protest reformists in front the Syrian Embassy in Beirut this week. The opposition to Mr. Assad's rule is seeking a stronger U.S. diplomatic response. (Associated Press)

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In an image taken on a cellphone camera by a citizen journalist and acquired by the Associated Press, Syrian women hold an anti-government demonstration in Banias, Syria, on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. (AP Photo)

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Thousands of Syrian women and children holding white flags and olive branches blocked a main coastal highway in Banias, Syria, on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, to demand that authorities release those detained in a crackdown on opponents of the Assad regime, witnesses said. (AP Photo)

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Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad raise posters depicting the leader as they protest against pro-reform activists. Pro-government gunmen attacked two villages in a move to crush the uprising against Mr. Assad's regime, witnesses said. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this image made from television, demonstrators march in Daraa, Syria, Friday, April 8, 2011. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Daraa on Friday, a city in the south of Syria that has become a flashpoint for anti-government demonstrations. (AP Photo)

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** FILE ** In this March 21, 2011, photo, Syrian army soldier steps out from the burned court building that was set on fire by Syrian anti-government protesters, in the southern city of Daraa, Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Syrians watch President Bashar Assad on television as he addresses parliament in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Mr. Assad, giving his first speech to the nation since anti-government protests erupted in this tightly controlled Arab state, blamed "conspirators" for trying to destroy the country. The speech was seen as a crucial test for Mr. Assad's leadership and one that may determine Syria's future. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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A Syrian man (right) reacts to the wounding of his brother (left), who was seriously injured during violence between security forces and armed groups in Latakia, northwest of Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, March 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad shout slogans as they carry pictures of the president during a sit-in in front of the Syrian Embassy in Beirut on Sunday, March 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)