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Al Qaeda grows powerful in Syria as endgame nears

A house, destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents, is seen in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A house, destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents, is seen in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A house, destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents, is seen in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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A man rides a motorcycle past a mosque destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A man rides a motorcycle past a mosque destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A man rides a motorcycle past a mosque destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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