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Assad's forces fire Scuds in Syria escalation: U.S. official

A damaged plastic chair is seen among rubble on a damaged street in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

A damaged plastic chair is seen among rubble on a damaged street in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

A damaged plastic chair is seen among rubble on a damaged street in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani
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Tunisia's Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem (L), U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns (C) and British Foreign Secretary William Hague attend a conference of the Friends of Syria group in Marrakech December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Abderrahmane Mokhtari

Tunisia's Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem (L), U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns (C) and British Foreign Secretary William Hague attend a conference of the Friends of Syria group in Marrakech December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Abderrahmane...more

Tunisia's Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem (L), U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns (C) and British Foreign Secretary William Hague attend a conference of the Friends of Syria group in Marrakech December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Abderrahmane Mokhtari
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A Free Syrian Army fighter takes position in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. Picture taken December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes position in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. Picture taken December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes position in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. Picture taken December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani
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A Free Syrian Army fighter takes position as he points his weapon in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes position as he points his weapon in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes position as he points his weapon in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani
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Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they stand on a street in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they stand on a street in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they stand on a street in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani
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A Free Syrian Army fighter uses a mirror to locate the position of a sniper loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

A Free Syrian Army fighter uses a mirror to locate the position of a sniper loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

A Free Syrian Army fighter uses a mirror to locate the position of a sniper loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani
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Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they walk through houses to arrive at the frontline in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they walk through houses to arrive at the frontline in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they walk through houses to arrive at the frontline in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani
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Free Syrian Army fighters warm themselves by a fire in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

Free Syrian Army fighters warm themselves by a fire in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani

Free Syrian Army fighters warm themselves by a fire in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Aaref Hretani
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Syrian refugees warm themselves by a fire at a refugee camp in Atimeh, on the Syrian-Turkish border of the Idlib Governorate December 10, 2012. Picture taken December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

Syrian refugees warm themselves by a fire at a refugee camp in Atimeh, on the Syrian-Turkish border of the Idlib Governorate December 10, 2012. Picture taken December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

Syrian refugees warm themselves by a fire at a refugee camp in Atimeh, on the Syrian-Turkish border of the Idlib Governorate December 10, 2012. Picture taken December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (centre R) meets women working in the Islamic education sector and preachers in mosques and Islamic institutes, in Damascus December 11, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/Sana

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (centre R) meets women working in the Islamic education sector and preachers in mosques and Islamic institutes, in Damascus December 11, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA....more

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (centre R) meets women working in the Islamic education sector and preachers in mosques and Islamic institutes, in Damascus December 11, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/Sana
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