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Syria doomed to "hell" without political deal: envoy

U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi of Algeria speaks during a joint news conference with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow December 29, 2012. Brahimi, the international mediator who has struggled to end Syria's conflict, said on Saturday that the alternative to a political process in the Middle Eastern country is "hell". REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi of Algeria speaks during a joint news conference with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow December 29, 2012. Brahimi, the international mediator who has struggled to end Syria's conflict,...more

U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi of Algeria speaks during a joint news conference with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow December 29, 2012. Brahimi, the international mediator who has struggled to end Syria's conflict, said on Saturday that the alternative to a political process in the Middle Eastern country is "hell". REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi (L) of Algeria and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend a joint news conference in Moscow December 29, 2012. The international mediator seeking to end the 21-month-old conflict in Syria met Russia's foreign minister in Moscow on Saturday after talks in Damascus but expectations of progress toward a negotiated solution were low. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi (L) of Algeria and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend a joint news conference in Moscow December 29, 2012. The international mediator seeking to end the 21-month-old conflict in Syria met...more

U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi (L) of Algeria and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend a joint news conference in Moscow December 29, 2012. The international mediator seeking to end the 21-month-old conflict in Syria met Russia's foreign minister in Moscow on Saturday after talks in Damascus but expectations of progress toward a negotiated solution were low. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) welcomes U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi of Algeria, in Moscow December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) welcomes U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi of Algeria, in Moscow December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) welcomes U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi of Algeria, in Moscow December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) shakes hands with U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi of Algeria, in Moscow December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) shakes hands with U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi of Algeria, in Moscow December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) shakes hands with U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi of Algeria, in Moscow December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A Free Syrian Fighter carries his weapon and runs past fire as other fighters take position during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's district of Salaheddine December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Free Syrian Fighter carries his weapon and runs past fire as other fighters take position during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's district of Salaheddine December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Free Syrian Fighter carries his weapon and runs past fire as other fighters take position during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's district of Salaheddine December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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A Free Syrian Fighter fires his weapon as other fighters take position during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's district of Salaheddine December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Free Syrian Fighter fires his weapon as other fighters take position during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's district of Salaheddine December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Free Syrian Fighter fires his weapon as other fighters take position during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's district of Salaheddine December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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Syrian search for survivors after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azaz city, North Aleppo, December 29, 2012. Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international mediator said on Saturday, but his talks in Russia brought no sign of a breakthrough after a week of intense diplomacy. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Syrian search for survivors after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azaz city, North Aleppo, December 29, 2012. Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international mediator...more

Syrian search for survivors after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azaz city, North Aleppo, December 29, 2012. Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international mediator said on Saturday, but his talks in Russia brought no sign of a breakthrough after a week of intense diplomacy. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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A Free Syrian Army fighter walks as he hold his machine gun in Aleppo city December 29, 2012. Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international mediator said on Saturday, but his talks in Russia brought no sign of a breakthrough after a week of intense diplomacy. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks as he hold his machine gun in Aleppo city December 29, 2012. Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international mediator said on Saturday, but his talks in Russia brought no sign...more

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks as he hold his machine gun in Aleppo city December 29, 2012. Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international mediator said on Saturday, but his talks in Russia brought no sign of a breakthrough after a week of intense diplomacy. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO A Free Syrian Army fighter reacts after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azaz city, North Aleppo, December 29, 2012. Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international mediator said on Saturday, but his talks in Russia brought no sign of a breakthrough after a week of intense diplomacy. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO A Free Syrian Army fighter reacts after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azaz city, North Aleppo, December 29, 2012. Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of...more

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO A Free Syrian Army fighter reacts after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azaz city, North Aleppo, December 29, 2012. Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international mediator said on Saturday, but his talks in Russia brought no sign of a breakthrough after a week of intense diplomacy. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO Syrians search for survivors after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azaz city, North Aleppo, December 29, 2012. Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international mediator said on Saturday, but his talks in Russia brought no sign of a breakthrough after a week of intense diplomacy. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO Syrians search for survivors after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azaz city, North Aleppo, December 29, 2012. Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed,...more

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO Syrians search for survivors after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azaz city, North Aleppo, December 29, 2012. Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international mediator said on Saturday, but his talks in Russia brought no sign of a breakthrough after a week of intense diplomacy. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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A man sits at his damaged house after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azaz city, North Aleppo, December 29, 2012.Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international mediator said on Saturday, but his talks in Russia brought no sign of a breakthrough after a week of intense diplomacy. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A man sits at his damaged house after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azaz city, North Aleppo, December 29, 2012.Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international...more

A man sits at his damaged house after an air strike by a fighter jet loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azaz city, North Aleppo, December 29, 2012.Syria faces "hell" if no deal is struck to end 21 months of bloodshed, an international mediator said on Saturday, but his talks in Russia brought no sign of a breakthrough after a week of intense diplomacy. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon through a hole in a wall in Maaret al-Numan, part of the Idlib governorate, in northwest Syria December 28, 2012. Picture taken December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon through a hole in a wall in Maaret al-Numan, part of the Idlib governorate, in northwest Syria December 28, 2012. Picture taken December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

A Free Syrian Army fighter points his weapon through a hole in a wall in Maaret al-Numan, part of the Idlib governorate, in northwest Syria December 28, 2012. Picture taken December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof
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Free Syrian Army fighters gather around a fire in Maaret al-Numan, part of the Idlib governorate, in northwest Syria December 28, 2012. Picture taken December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

Free Syrian Army fighters gather around a fire in Maaret al-Numan, part of the Idlib governorate, in northwest Syria December 28, 2012. Picture taken December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

Free Syrian Army fighters gather around a fire in Maaret al-Numan, part of the Idlib governorate, in northwest Syria December 28, 2012. Picture taken December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof
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Free Syrian Army fighters walk past a burnt vehicle in Maaret al-Numan, part of the Idlib governorate, in northwest Syria December 28, 2012. Picture taken December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

Free Syrian Army fighters walk past a burnt vehicle in Maaret al-Numan, part of the Idlib governorate, in northwest Syria December 28, 2012. Picture taken December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

Free Syrian Army fighters walk past a burnt vehicle in Maaret al-Numan, part of the Idlib governorate, in northwest Syria December 28, 2012. Picture taken December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof
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A man rides a motorcycle past damaged buildings in Maaret al-Numan, part of the Idlib governorate, in northwest Syria December 27, 2012. Picture taken December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

A man rides a motorcycle past damaged buildings in Maaret al-Numan, part of the Idlib governorate, in northwest Syria December 27, 2012. Picture taken December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

A man rides a motorcycle past damaged buildings in Maaret al-Numan, part of the Idlib governorate, in northwest Syria December 27, 2012. Picture taken December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof
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