In this photo released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Syrian pro-government demonstrators carry national flags along with pictures of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a rally in the border town of Quneitra, about 40 miles south of Damascus, Syria, on Monday, July 18, 2011. (AP Photo/SANA)
In this photo released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Syrian policemen carry the coffins of police and army members during a funeral procession outside a hospital in the central city of Homs, Syria, on Monday, July 18, 2011. The dead were thought to have been killed during a dangerous escalation in violence stemming from the country's 4-month-old uprising, activists said. The Arabic on the coffin at right reads, "The martyr policeman Mohammed Massoud." (AP Photo/SANA)
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).