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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)

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In this image from a Syrian state television interview broadcast on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, Syrian President Bashar Assad says that his security forces are making gains against a 5-month-old uprising and that his government is in no danger of falling. (AP Photo/Syrian state television via APTN)

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A supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad waves the Syrian flag as he demonstrates his solidarity with the leader in Damascus, Syria, on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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President Obama arrives Thursday on Marine One in West Tisbury, Mass., for a 10-day family vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Before leaving Washington, he signed an executive order freezing Syrian assets and banning U.S. imports of petroleum products that originate in Syria. It also bars Americans from investing in Syria. (Associated Press)

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In this photo taken on a government-organized tour, Syrian soldiers atop armored personnel carrier cheer on their way out of the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, Syria, on Aug. 16, 2011. (Associated Press)

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In this photo taken on a government-organized tour, Syrian soldiers atop an armored personnel carrier cheer on their way out of the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, Syria, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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Syrian troops withdraw from the Damascus suburb of Saqba, Syria, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, following a campaign of raids and arrests that started overnight and continued Sunday morning. The image was taken by a citizen journalist. (AP Photo)

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In this citizen journalism image, Syrian citizens wave to Syrian troops who withdrew from the Damascus suburb of Saqba, Syria, on Aug. 14, 2011, following a campaign of raids and arrests that started the previous night and continued into the morning. (Associated Press)

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In this image taken on a cellphone by a citizen journalist and provided by Shaam News Network, protesters against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad hold up an Arabic banner reading, "Enough killing, will not bow," during a demonstration in the village of Maarat Harma in northern Syria's Edlib province on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network)

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This image made from amateur video released by Ugarit News and accessed via the Associated Press Television News on Aug. 11, 2011, shows a dead body on a street in Binnish, Syria. (Associated Press/Ugarit News, via APTN)

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An image made from amateur video released by Deir el-Zour Press News (DPN) and accessed via Associated Press Television News on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, shows Syrian tanks on the streets of Deir el-Zour, Syria, on Tuesday, Aug. 9. 2011. Government troops seized control of the eastern flashpoint city Wednesday following intense shelling and gunfire, an activist said. (AP Photo/DPN via APTN)

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Lebanese intellectuals and journalists protest during a vigil sit-in to show their support to the Syrian protesters who demonstrate against the Syrian President Bashar Assad, at the Martyrs square, in downtown of Beirut, Lebanon, on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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In this photo taken during a government organized tour, a road is blocked in the central city of Hama, Syria, on Aug. 7, 2011. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem (right) met with his Lebanese counterpart, Adnan Mansour, in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday. Mr. Mansour also met with Syrian President Bashar Assad (shown in portrait), who has stressed that his country is moving steadily on reforms but would deal with "outlaws" to preserve the country's security.

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A Syrian demonstrating in Cairo on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, holds up a poster with an image of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a protest against the leader's regime. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)