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Demonstrators hold a banner during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in Binish, near Idlib, December 7, 2012. The banner reads: "No to peacekeepers in Syria". REUTERS/Hamzeh Al-Binishi/Shaam News Network/Handout

Demonstrators hold a banner during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in Binish, near Idlib, December 7, 2012. The banner reads: "No to peacekeepers in Syria". REUTERS/Hamzeh Al-Binishi/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Demonstrators hold a banner during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in Yabroud, near Damascus, December 7, 2012. The banner reads: "No to peacekeepers in Syria". REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

Demonstrators hold a banner during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in Yabroud, near Damascus, December 7, 2012. The banner reads: "No to peacekeepers in Syria". REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Demonstrators hold banners during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in Kafranbel, near Idlib, December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Raed Al-Fares/Shaam News Network/Handout

Demonstrators hold banners during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in Kafranbel, near Idlib, December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Raed Al-Fares/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet operated by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Houla, near Homs December 6, 2012. Picture taken December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

Buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet operated by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Houla, near Homs December 6, 2012. Picture taken December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A Syrian refugee woman holds her son as she stands at the window of their friend's house at the Syrian-Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

A Syrian refugee woman holds her son as she stands at the window of their friend's house at the Syrian-Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is greeted by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (R) as she arrives at Government Buildings in Dublin December 6, 2012. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet international Syria mediator Lakhdar Brahimi in Dublin on Thursday to try to put a U.N. peace process for Syria back on track, diplomatic sources said.REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is greeted by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (R) as she arrives at Government Buildings in Dublin December 6, 2012. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet international Syria mediator Lakhdar Brahimi in Dublin on Thursday to try to put a U.N. peace process for Syria back on track, diplomatic sources said.REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
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People gather in front of a building and cars damaged by what Syria's national news agency SANA says is a bomb explosion in the Mazeh 86 area in Damascus, in this December 6, 2012 handout photo released by SANA. SANA said one person was killed and 29 people were wounded by a "terrorist bomb" in Mazeh 86, in west Damascus. Damascus residents say the area is controlled by Assad loyalists. REUTERS/SANA/Handout

People gather in front of a building and cars damaged by what Syria's national news agency SANA says is a bomb explosion in the Mazeh 86 area in Damascus, in this December 6, 2012 handout photo released by SANA. SANA said one person was killed and 29 people were wounded by a "terrorist bomb" in Mazeh 86, in west Damascus. Damascus residents say the area is controlled by Assad loyalists. REUTERS/SANA/Handout
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) chats with a Syrian refugee woman during his visit to a camp in the Turkish town of Islahiye, Gaziantep province December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Veli Gurgah/Pool

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) chats with a Syrian refugee woman during his visit to a camp in the Turkish town of Islahiye, Gaziantep province December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Veli Gurgah/Pool
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (C) arrives at a camp to meet Syrian refugees in the southeastern Turkish town of Islahiye, Gaziantep province December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Veli Gurgah/Pool

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (C) arrives at a camp to meet Syrian refugees in the southeastern Turkish town of Islahiye, Gaziantep province December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Veli Gurgah/Pool
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A Syrian refugee girl stands with her mother outside their friend's house at the Syrian-Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

A Syrian refugee girl stands with her mother outside their friend's house at the Syrian-Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
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A view of damages on an empty street in the Aleppo district of Salaheddine December 5, 2012. Picture taken December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Aref Hretani

A view of damages on an empty street in the Aleppo district of Salaheddine December 5, 2012. Picture taken December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Aref Hretani
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A Syrian man talks with a Turkish soldier as he tries to cross the border from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

A Syrian man talks with a Turkish soldier as he tries to cross the border from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
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Mannequins are seen at a destroyed shop in the Aleppo district of Salaheddine December 5, 2012. Picture taken December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Aref Hretani

Mannequins are seen at a destroyed shop in the Aleppo district of Salaheddine December 5, 2012. Picture taken December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Aref Hretani
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