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Clinton says "desperate" Assad could use chemical arms

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad addresses the parliament in Damascus in this still image taken from a video footage March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Syrian state TV via Reuters TV

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad addresses the parliament in Damascus in this still image taken from a video footage March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Syrian state TV via Reuters TV

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad addresses the parliament in Damascus in this still image taken from a video footage March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Syrian state TV via Reuters TV
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NATO foreign ministers meet at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels December 4, 2012. NATO foreign ministers will agree on Tuesday to send Patriot missiles to beef up Turkey's air defenses and calm Turkey's fears that it could come under missile attack, possibly with chemical weapons, from Syria, diplomats said. REUTERS/Yves Herman

NATO foreign ministers meet at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels December 4, 2012. NATO foreign ministers will agree on Tuesday to send Patriot missiles to beef up Turkey's air defenses and calm Turkey's fears that it could come under missile...more

NATO foreign ministers meet at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels December 4, 2012. NATO foreign ministers will agree on Tuesday to send Patriot missiles to beef up Turkey's air defenses and calm Turkey's fears that it could come under missile attack, possibly with chemical weapons, from Syria, diplomats said. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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NATO foreign ministers meet at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels December 4, 2012. NATO foreign ministers will agree on Tuesday to send Patriot missiles to beef up Turkey's air defenses and calm Turkey's fears that it could come under missile attack, possibly with chemical weapons, from Syria, diplomats said. REUTERS/Yves Herman

NATO foreign ministers meet at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels December 4, 2012. NATO foreign ministers will agree on Tuesday to send Patriot missiles to beef up Turkey's air defenses and calm Turkey's fears that it could come under missile...more

NATO foreign ministers meet at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels December 4, 2012. NATO foreign ministers will agree on Tuesday to send Patriot missiles to beef up Turkey's air defenses and calm Turkey's fears that it could come under missile attack, possibly with chemical weapons, from Syria, diplomats said. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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Free Syrian Army fighters walk with their weapons at the frontline against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army fighters walk with their weapons at the frontline against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam...more

Free Syrian Army fighters walk with their weapons at the frontline against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Free Syrian Army fighters with weapons stand guard at the frontline against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army fighters with weapons stand guard at the frontline against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam...more

Free Syrian Army fighters with weapons stand guard at the frontline against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Free Syrian Army fighters with weapons walk at the frontline against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army fighters with weapons walk at the frontline against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News...more

Free Syrian Army fighters with weapons walk at the frontline against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A Free Syrian Army fighter with a rifle stands guard at the frontline against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout

A Free Syrian Army fighter with a rifle stands guard at the frontline against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair...more

A Free Syrian Army fighter with a rifle stands guard at the frontline against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Free Syrian Army fighters gather as they take a break in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army fighters gather as they take a break in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army fighters gather as they take a break in the Al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs December 4, 2012. Picture taken December 4, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout
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