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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, speaks during a press conference, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Damascus, Syria. Moallem told reporters Thursday that it didn't use chemical weapons in Tuesday's deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria's northern Idlib province, and he blamed the rebels for stockpiling the deadly substance. Moallem said any investigative mission would need to take off from Damascus and be far from the sphere of Turkish influence. (SANA via AP)

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This frame grab from video provided on Tuesday March 21, 2017, by Ahrar al-Sham, Syrian militant group outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows fighters from Ahrar al-Sham militant group enter a trench during a battle against the Syrian government forces, in an eastern neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. Syrian government forces launched a counter-attack against rebels in Damascus on Tuesday, following a rebel suicide car bombing and another insurgent assault earlier in the day in the country's capital, media reports said. (Ahrar al-Sham, Syrian militant group, via AP)

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This frame grab from video provided on Tuesday March 21, 2017, by Ahrar al-Sham, Syrian militant group outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows fighters from Ahrar al-Sham militant group run next of a burn truck during a battle against the Syrian government forces, in an eastern neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. Syrian government forces launched a counter-attack against rebels in Damascus on Tuesday, following a rebel suicide car bombing and another insurgent assault earlier in the day in the country's capital, media reports said. (Ahrar al-Sham, Syrian militant group, via AP)

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This frame grab from video provided on Tuesday March 21, 2017, by Ahrar al-Sham, Syrian militant group outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows fighters from Ahrar al-Sham militant group gather during a battle against Syrian government forces, in an eastern neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. Syrian government forces launched a counter-attack against rebels in Damascus on Tuesday, following a rebel suicide car bombing and another insurgent assault earlier in the day in the country's capital, media reports said. (Ahrar al-Sham, Syrian militant group, via AP)

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This frame grab from video provided on Tuesday March 21, 2017, by Ahrar al-Sham, Syrian militant group outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows fighters from Ahrar al-Sham militant group fire during a battle against the Syrian government forces, in an eastern neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. Syrian government forces launched a counter-attack against rebels in Damascus on Tuesday, following a rebel suicide car bombing and another insurgent assault earlier in the day in the country's capital, media reports said. (Ahrar al-Sham, Syrian militant group, via AP)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, damaged and blocked street where clashes erupted between the Syrian government forces and rebels, near the Abbassiyin square, east Damascus, Syria, Monday March 20, 2017. Syrian government forces on Monday regained control of parts of Damascus that were attacked and captured by rebels and militants the previous day, with the two-day fighting leaving dozens dead on both sides, the military and an activist group said. (SANA via AP)

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This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows blood soaked streets and several damaged buses in a parking lot at the site of an attack by twin explosions in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, March 11, 2017. Twin explosions Saturday near religious shrines frequented by Shiite pilgrims in the Syrian capital Damascus killed dozens of people, Arab media and activists report. (SANA via AP)

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This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows blood soaked streets and several damaged buses in a parking lot at the site of an attack by twin explosions in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, March 11, 2017. Twin explosions Saturday near religious shrines frequented by Shiite pilgrims in the Syrian capital Damascus killed dozens of people, Arab media and activists report. (SANA via AP) ** FILE **

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This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows blood soaked streets and several damaged buses in a parking lot at the site of an attack by twin explosions in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, March 11, 2017. Twin explosions Saturday near religious shrines frequented by Shiite pilgrims in the Syrian capital Damascus killed dozens of people, Arab media and activists report. (SANA via AP)

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FILE - This file frame grab from video provided on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 by Step News Agency, a Syrian opposition media outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows smoke rise from the government forces shelling on Wadi Barada, northwest of Damascus, Syria. Opposition activists and Syria's state TV said on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 that maintenance workers have arrived in the rebel-held valley near Damascus to fix the water facility there, ending a violent standoff that has dried out the capital for weeks. (Step News Agency, via AP, File)

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As the prospect grows that Damascus could fall to the Islamic State or another extremist faction — or some combustible combination of the two — officials say the hope is that Moscow and Tehran might suddenly open to Washington's yearslong attempt to assemble a "moderate opposition" against Syrian strongman Bashar Assad. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian residents of the besieged refugee camp of Yarmouk wait at the gate of the camp to receive aid supplies from the United Nations on the southern edge of the Syrian capital, Damascus. The deteriorating situation brought on by Syria's civil war prompted the U.N. Security Council to call an emergency meeting Monday, April 6, 2015, to discuss Yarmouk, calling for safe evacuation for the Palestinians, protection for the refugees, and humanitarian access to the camp. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad gestures during an interview with the BBC, in Damascus, Syria, in this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

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In this Oct. 5, 2014 file photo, a library official shows a Jewish manuscript smuggled into Israel from Damascus in a Mossad spy operation in the early 1990s, in Jerusalem. The manuscript is one of the earliest existing complete manuscripts of the Hebrew bible. Two decades after Israeli spies helped whisk eight ancient Hebrew bibles from Damascus to Jerusalem, Israel's national library asked an Israeli court Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 to grant it official custodianship over the manuscripts, a move that is liable to spark a bitter ownership battle over the some of the Syrian Jewish community's most important treasures. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)