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Residents carry the coffin of Muhammad Mousa, whom protesters say was killed by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, during his funeral in Yabroud near Damascus July 21, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

Residents carry the coffin of Muhammad Mousa, whom protesters say was killed by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, during his funeral in Yabroud near Damascus July 21, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Syrian rebel fighters pose for a picture in Hama July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

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Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Yabroud near Damascus July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

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Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Qara near Damascus July 20, 2012. Picture taken July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

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Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Yabroud near Damascus July 20, 2012. Sign reads, "God is greatest". REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Yabroud near Damascus July 20, 2012. Sign reads, "God is greatest". REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Qara near Damascus July 20, 2012. Picture taken July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

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Demonstrators hold opposition flag during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Qara near Damascus July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

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PICTURE TAKEN ON GUIDED GOVERNMENT TOUR Soldiers stand on a street at al-Midan neighbourhood in Damascus July 20, 2012. Syrian rebels withdrew overnight from the central Damascus district of Midan after coming under heavy bombardment, opposition activists and rebel sources said on Friday. The Syrian Information Ministry organized a tour to show the regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has regained control of the area after...more

PICTURE TAKEN ON GUIDED GOVERNMENT TOUR Soldiers stand on a street at al-Midan neighbourhood in Damascus July 20, 2012. Syrian rebels withdrew overnight from the central Damascus district of Midan after coming under heavy bombardment, opposition activists and rebel sources said on Friday. The Syrian Information Ministry organized a tour to show the regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has regained control of the area after clashes between the Syrian army and rebels took place. REUTERS/Stringer
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PICTURE TAKEN ON GUIDED GOVERNMENT TOUR A burnt car is seen on a street at al-Midan neighbourhood in Damascus July 20, 2012. Syrian rebels withdrew overnight from the central Damascus district of Midan after coming under heavy bombardment, opposition activists and rebel sources said on Friday. The Syrian Information Ministry organized a tour to show the regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has regained control of the area...more

PICTURE TAKEN ON GUIDED GOVERNMENT TOUR A burnt car is seen on a street at al-Midan neighbourhood in Damascus July 20, 2012. Syrian rebels withdrew overnight from the central Damascus district of Midan after coming under heavy bombardment, opposition activists and rebel sources said on Friday. The Syrian Information Ministry organized a tour to show the regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has regained control of the area after clashes between the Syrian army and rebels took place. REUTERS/Stringer
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People unload their belongings from a bus that has travelled from Syria after arriving in Baghdad July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen (IRAQ - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST)

People unload their belongings from a bus that has travelled from Syria after arriving in Baghdad July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen (IRAQ - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST)
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Tyres set on fire by demonstrators block a road during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Jubar near Damascus July 16, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout

Tyres set on fire by demonstrators block a road during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Jubar near Damascus July 16, 2012. REUTERS/Shaam News Network/Handout
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PICTURE TAKEN ON GUIDED GOVERNMENT TOUR A soldier holds a Syrian flag at al-Midan neighbourhood in Damascus July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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PICTURE TAKEN ON GUIDED GOVERNMENT TOUR A burnt car is seen at al-Midan neighbourhood in Damascus July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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Syrian Defence Minister Daoud Rajha attends a dinner in honour of army officers in Damascus on the anniversary of the 65th Army Foundation in this August 1, 2010 file photo. Daoud Rajha was killed by a bomb which exploded during a meeting of ministers and security officials at a national security building in Damascus on July 18, 2012, state television said. Picture taken August 1, 2010 REUTERS/Sana/Files

Syrian Defence Minister Daoud Rajha attends a dinner in honour of army officers in Damascus on the anniversary of the 65th Army Foundation in this August 1, 2010 file photo. Daoud Rajha was killed by a bomb which exploded during a meeting of ministers and security officials at a national security building in Damascus on July 18, 2012, state television said. Picture taken August 1, 2010 REUTERS/Sana/Files
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(L-R) Former Syrian Defence Minister General Hassan Ali Turkmani, Defence Minister Daoud Rajha and Assef Shawkat, the brother-in-law of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are seen in this combination photo. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/Sana/Handout/Files

(L-R) Former Syrian Defence Minister General Hassan Ali Turkmani, Defence Minister Daoud Rajha and Assef Shawkat, the brother-in-law of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are seen in this combination photo. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/Sana/Handout/Files
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People unload their belongings from a bus that has travelled from Syria after arriving in Baghdad July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

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