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A view of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya, near Damascus, December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout

A view of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya, near Damascus, December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout

A view of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya, near Damascus, December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A view of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya, near Damascus, December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout

A view of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya, near Damascus, December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout

A view of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya, near Damascus, December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Food and weapons belonging to the Free Syrian Army fighters are seen in Daraya, near Damascus, December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout

Food and weapons belonging to the Free Syrian Army fighters are seen in Daraya, near Damascus, December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout

Food and weapons belonging to the Free Syrian Army fighters are seen in Daraya, near Damascus, December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A view of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya, near Damascus, December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout

A view of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya, near Damascus, December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout

A view of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya, near Damascus, December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A general view shows Aleppo's historical citadel controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad December 30, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A general view shows Aleppo's historical citadel controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad December 30, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A general view shows Aleppo's historical citadel controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad December 30, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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Free Syrian Army fighters prepare their weapons in Aleppo's Izaa district December 30, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare their weapons in Aleppo's Izaa district December 30, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare their weapons in Aleppo's Izaa district December 30, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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