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**FILE** Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech at Damascus University in Damascus, Syria, on June 20, 2011. (Associated Press/SANA)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a speech Tuesday at Damascus University, said he would not step down and insisted that he still has his people's support despite a 10-month-old uprising against him. (SANA via Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Syrian soldiers are seen through the damaged window of a military truck that was hit by a roadside bomb in Daraa, Syria, on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. The blast occurred just seconds after a team of U.N. observers passed by. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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** FILE ** Syrian soldiers are seen through the damaged window of a military truck that was hit by a roadside bomb in Daraa, Syria, on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. The blast occurred just seconds after a team of U.N. observers passed by. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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A Syrian rebel runs for cover in the Sunni district of Jabb al-Jandali in Homs, Syria, on Monday, May 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Fadi Zaidan)

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A Syrian rebel runs for cover in the Sunni district of Jabb al-Jandali in Homs, Syria, on Monday, May 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Fadi Zaidan)

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Former Syrian soldiers hold flags of the Syrian revolution as they stand in front their armored personnel carrier shortly after defecting and joining the rebels in the Khaldiyeh neighborhood in Homs province in central Syria on Saturday, May 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Fadi Zaidan)

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Former Syrian soldiers hold flags of the Syrian revolution as they stand in front their armored personnel carrier shortly after defecting and joining the rebels in the Khaldiyeh neighborhood in Homs province in central Syria on Saturday, May 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Fadi Zaidan)

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Syrians chant slogans during a demonstration at al-Hamra neighborhood in Homs, Syria, Friday, May 11, 2012. A Syrian opposition leader said Friday the regime is trying to destroy a U.N.-brokered peace plan for the country. (AP Photo)

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Syrians chant slogans during a demonstration at al-Hamra neighborhood in Homs, Syria, Friday, May 11, 2012. A Syrian opposition leader said Friday the regime is trying to destroy a U.N.-brokered peace plan for the country. (AP Photo)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian fire fighter extinguishes burned cars after two bombs exploded, at Qazaz neighborhood in Damascus, Syria, on Thursday, May 10, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian fire fighter extinguishes burned cars after two bombs exploded, at Qazaz neighborhood in Damascus, Syria, on Thursday, May 10, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA)

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An injured Syrian army soldier (left) walks next to his comrade May 9, 2012, after a roadside bomb hit their military truck in Daraa city, southern Syria. (Associated Press)

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An injured Syrian army soldier (left) walks next to his comrade May 9, 2012, after a roadside bomb hit their military truck in Daraa city, southern Syria. (Associated Press)

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A Syrian street vendor sits outside Damascus Castle in the old section of Damascus, Syria. Historic mosques, churches and markets have been smashed by shelling and looters have stolen artifacts from excavations and museums.

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A Syrian casts his vote at a polling station in Damascus, Syria, the capital, during parliamentary elections on Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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A Syrian casts his vote at a polling station in Damascus, Syria, the capital, during parliamentary elections on Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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A U.N. observer (center) inspects what residents of the town of Taftanaz, Syria, tell him is a mass grave in this image made from amateur video released by Ugarit News and accessed on Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

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A U.N. observer (center) inspects what residents of the town of Taftanaz, Syria, tell him is a mass grave in this image made from amateur video released by Ugarit News and accessed on Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

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**FILE** Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech at Damascus University in Damascus, Syria, on June 20, 2011. (Associated Press/SANA)