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Special Report: Syria's Islamists seize control as moderates dither

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo in this August 7, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo in this August 7, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo in this August 7, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon near Kindi hospital, which is under the control of forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad, as both sides fight to take control of the hospital in Aleppo in this June 11, 2013 file picture. REUTERS/Stringer /Files

A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon near Kindi hospital, which is under the control of forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad, as both sides fight to take control of the hospital in Aleppo in this June 11, 2013 file picture....more

A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon near Kindi hospital, which is under the control of forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad, as both sides fight to take control of the hospital in Aleppo in this June 11, 2013 file picture. REUTERS/Stringer /Files
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A member of an Islamist group holds a flag during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Deir el-Zor in this February 25, 2013 file picture. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi/Files

A member of an Islamist group holds a flag during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Deir el-Zor in this February 25, 2013 file picture. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi/Files

A member of an Islamist group holds a flag during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Deir el-Zor in this February 25, 2013 file picture. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi/Files
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Members of the Ghuraba al-sham brigade walk as they hold their weapons at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Members of the Ghuraba al-sham brigade walk as they hold their weapons at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Members of the Ghuraba al-sham brigade walk as they hold their weapons at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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Members of the Ghuraba al-sham brigade chant slogans and hold their weapons at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. Picture taken June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Members of the Ghuraba al-sham brigade chant slogans and hold their weapons at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. Picture taken June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Members of the Ghuraba al-sham brigade chant slogans and hold their weapons at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. Picture taken June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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Members of the Ghuraba al-sham brigade chant slogans and hold their weapons at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. Picture taken June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Members of the Ghuraba al-sham brigade chant slogans and hold their weapons at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. Picture taken June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Members of the Ghuraba al-sham brigade chant slogans and hold their weapons at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. Picture taken June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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Hassan Jazera (C), one of the leaders of Ghurabaa al-sham brigade, stands with his fellow fighters at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Hassan Jazera (C), one of the leaders of Ghurabaa al-sham brigade, stands with his fellow fighters at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Hassan Jazera (C), one of the leaders of Ghurabaa al-sham brigade, stands with his fellow fighters at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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Hassan Jazera, one of the leaders of the Ghurabaa al-sham brigade, aims a mounted weapon on a pick-up truck at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Hassan Jazera, one of the leaders of the Ghurabaa al-sham brigade, aims a mounted weapon on a pick-up truck at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Hassan Jazera, one of the leaders of the Ghurabaa al-sham brigade, aims a mounted weapon on a pick-up truck at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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A member of the Ghurabaa al-sham brigade sits on a sofa as he holds a weapon at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. Picture taken June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A member of the Ghurabaa al-sham brigade sits on a sofa as he holds a weapon at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. Picture taken June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A member of the Ghurabaa al-sham brigade sits on a sofa as he holds a weapon at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. Picture taken June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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Members of the Ghurabaa al-sham brigade prepare homemade missiles at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Members of the Ghurabaa al-sham brigade prepare homemade missiles at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Members of the Ghurabaa al-sham brigade prepare homemade missiles at Aleppo's district of al Sakhour June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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A Free Syrian Army fighter helps a woman to run across a street during clashes in Aleppo in this August 12, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

A Free Syrian Army fighter helps a woman to run across a street during clashes in Aleppo in this August 12, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

A Free Syrian Army fighter helps a woman to run across a street during clashes in Aleppo in this August 12, 2012 file picture. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
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Women, who are part of the Sawt al-Haq (Voice of Rights), stand with their weapons as they undergo military training in Aleppo in this February 17, 2013 file picture. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman/Files

Women, who are part of the Sawt al-Haq (Voice of Rights), stand with their weapons as they undergo military training in Aleppo in this February 17, 2013 file picture. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman/Files

Women, who are part of the Sawt al-Haq (Voice of Rights), stand with their weapons as they undergo military training in Aleppo in this February 17, 2013 file picture. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman/Files
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