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In this image made from amateur video released by the so-called Shams News Network, a loosely organized anti-Assad group and accessed via The Associated Press Television News on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, military armored vehicles are seen in the central city of Hama, Syria. (AP Photo/APTN)

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** FILE ** In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, workers pump oil from the site of a bomb blast that struck a major oil pipeline in the western town of Talkalakh, Syria, Friday, July 29, 2011. Syrian state television described the blast as a "terrorist" attack, saying that a group of "saboteurs" was behind the explosion. (AP Photo/SANA)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian pro-government supporters carry a giant national flag during a rally in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, Syria, on July 28, 2011. (Associated Press/SANA)

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** FILE ** In this Friday, July 22, 2011, a citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone and provided by Shaam News Network, Syrian anti-regime protesters gather during a rally in al-Assy square in the western city of Hama, Syria. Note: The Associated Press is unable to independently verify the authenticity, content, location or date of this handout photo. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, File) (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, File)

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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)

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Syrians carry national flags and a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad as they protest in support of him at the Umayyad Square in downtown Damascus, Syria, on July 17, 2011. (Associated Press)

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In this citizen journalism image, protesters hang a banner Friday in Arabic that reads “Thank you Al-Jazeera and SNN [Shaam News Network]" during a rally in the central city of Hama, Syria. Government security forces reportedly fired on throngs of protesters in the capital, Damascus, and other major cities Friday, killing an estimated 14 people, witnesses and activists said. (Shaam News Network via Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA and according to them, thousands of supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad, carry a gigantic 17,500 yards (16,000 meters) Syrian flag during a pro-Assad demonstration, in the Mediterranean city of Latakia, northewest of Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, July 10, 2011. (AP Photo/SANA)

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Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa (third from left), with less prominent opposition figures, attends the opening session of government-sponsored reform talks in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, July 10, 2011. The banner reads, "National dialogue consultative meeting, July 10-11, 2011." (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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In this photo released by the official Syrian news agency, supporters of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad hoist pictures of him along with national flags during a rally in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

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A Syrian family shouts slogans against Syrian President Bashar Asssad as they wear Syrian independence flags during a protest outside the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on Sunday, July 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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Pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad protesters hold up a poster of him (shown far right) during a demonstration to show their support in Damascus, Syria, on Friday, July 1, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded cities around Syria on Friday in one of the largest outpourings against the regime of Assad. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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Syrian troops watch the Turkey-Syria border from their hilltop vantage point. Their military vehicle bears a poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Writing on the wall under windows translates to "Only Allah and Bashar's Syria - Nothing else." (Associated Press)

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Syrians living in makeshift tents inside Syria near the Turkish border village of Guvecci are seen shortly before Turkey's Red Cresdent distribute free food alongside Turkey-Syria border near the Turkish village of Guvecci in Hatay province, Turkey, on June 22, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem speaks during a news conference in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, during which he vowed to present "an unprecedented example of democracy" in the country within three months. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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Syrian soldiers on board a helicopter carry a national flag and a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a rally in support of Assad in Damascus, Syria, on June 21, 2011. (Associated Press)

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A newly opened camp in the Turkish town of Reyhanli in Hatay province is one of many providing shelter for refugees from the violence in Syria. Estimates on the number of refugees range from 10,000 to 30,000. (Associated Press)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday his regime would consider political reforms, including ending his Baath Party's monopoly in politics, but thousands of enraged protesters accused him of clinging to power and took to the streets shouting, "Liar!" (Associated Press)

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Demonstrators shout slogans in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, June 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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**FILE** In this photo taken during a government-organized tour for the media, Syrian soldiers and armored vehicles arrive in Istabraq village near the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour, Syria, on June 11, 2011. (Associated Press)

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