Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, left, meets with Muqtada al-Sadr, one of Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite political clerics, right, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, July 19, 2010. Mr. Allawi and Mr. al-Sadr are on a current visit to Syria to discuss the deadlocked government in Baghdad.(AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)
Arab women wear the niqab, a face-covering Islamic veil, as they shop in Souk Al-Hamediah, Damascus' oldest market, Syria, Monday, July 19, 2010. Syria has banned the face-covering Islamic veil from the country's universities. The Education Ministry's ban on the niqab comes as similar moves in Europe spark cries of discrimination against Muslims. An official at the ministry says the ban affects public and private universities and aims to protect Syria's secular identity. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)
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Syrian military intelligence appears to be providing assistance to the U.N. special tribunal investigating the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to shield Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (above) from blame.