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The Iranian navy frigate IS Alvand passes through the Suez Canal at Ismailia, Egypt, on Tuesday, accompanied by the supply ship IS Kharg (not pictured) en route to Syria on a training mission. (Associated Press)

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Sunni men carry a picture of slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, during a protest in the southern village of Chebaa on Lebanon's border with Syria's Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Thousands of Sunnis waved flags and burned tires Tuesday in a "day of rage" to protest gains by the Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah, which is on the brink of controlling Lebanon's next government. (AP Photo/Lutfallah Daher)

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Lebanese lawmaker Nagib Mikati, a billionaire businessman with close relations to Syria, is emerging as a candidate favored by Hezbollah to head Lebanon's next government. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Tawil, File)

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A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, right, welcoming his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Damascus airport on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the start of the latter's three-nation trip which includes Algeria and the United States where he is to attend next week's U.N. General Assembly meeting.(AP Photo/ Sana-HO).

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Syrian first lady Asma Assad (left) contacted the Turkish prime minister's wife, Emine Erdogan, to finalize the transfer. Officials say this act of kindness will improve relations between the neighboring countries. (Associated Press)

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Saudi King Abdullah, left, and Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, talk to each other as they step off the plane upon their arrival at Rafik Hariri international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday, July 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Arab women wear the niqab, a face-covering Islamic veil, as they shop in Souk Al-Hamediah, Damascus' oldest market, Syria, Monday, July 19, 2010. Syria has banned the face-covering Islamic veil from the country's universities. The Education Ministry's ban on the niqab comes as similar moves in Europe spark cries of discrimination against Muslims. An official at the ministry says the ban affects public and private universities and aims to protect Syria's secular identity. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, left, meets with Muqtada al-Sadr, one of Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite political clerics, right, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, July 19, 2010. Mr. Allawi and Mr. al-Sadr are on a current visit to Syria to discuss the deadlocked government in Baghdad.(AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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Arab women wear the niqab, a face-covering Islamic veil, as they shop in Souk Al-Hamediah, Damascus' oldest market, Syria, Monday, July 19, 2010. Syria has banned the face-covering Islamic veil from the country's universities. The Education Ministry's ban on the niqab comes as similar moves in Europe spark cries of discrimination against Muslims. An official at the ministry says the ban affects public and private universities and aims to protect Syria's secular identity. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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Associated press photographs Syrian military intelligence appears to be providing assistance to the U.N. special tribunal investigating the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to shield Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (above) from blame.