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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)

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A Syrian emerges Sunday from what remains of a shop destroyed during clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters in Latakia, Syria. Latakia is a Mediterranean port once known as a summer tourist attraction. (Associated Press)

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Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad shout pro-Assad slogans as they hold posters of the leader in Damascus, Syria, on Saturday, March 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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A Syrian man, passes burning tires and a roadblock set by anti-Syrian government protesters, following clashes between the Syrian security forces and protesters, in the southern city of Daraa, Syria, Wednesday March 23, 2011. Syrian security forces shot live ammunition and tear gas early Wednesday near a mosque where protesters have been camped out in southern Syria, killing six people including a paramedic, activists said. The early morning attack near the al-Omari mosque in the southern city of Daraa marks the deadliest single day since anti-government protests inspired by uprisings across the Arab world reached this country last week. The latest deaths brings the number of people killed in Daraa since Friday to at least 13. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Anti-Syrian government protesters, left, and pro-government, right, clash after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrians took to the streets Friday demanding reforms and mourning dozens of protesters who were killed during a violent, weeklong crackdown that has brought extraordinary pressure on the country's autocratic regime, activists and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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Anti-Syrian government protesters shout slogans as they protest after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrians took to the streets Friday demanding reforms and mourning dozens of protesters who were killed during a violent, week long crackdown that has brought extraordinary pressure on the country's autocratic regime, activists and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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Syrians anti and pro-Assad protesters clash after Friday prayers in Damascus, Syria, on Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrians took to the streets Friday demanding reforms and mourning dozens of protesters who were killed during a violent, weeklong crackdown that has brought extraordinary pressure on the country's autocratic regime, activists and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)