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Syrian rebels make slow headway in south

Free Syrian Army fighters walk past burnt vehicles as they enter a building in Homs January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy

Free Syrian Army fighters walk past burnt vehicles as they enter a building in Homs January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy

Free Syrian Army fighters walk past burnt vehicles as they enter a building in Homs January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy
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Damaged buildings and street lights are seen on a street in Homs, in this general view taken January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy

Damaged buildings and street lights are seen on a street in Homs, in this general view taken January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy

Damaged buildings and street lights are seen on a street in Homs, in this general view taken January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy
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Burnt vehicles and destroyed buildings are seen in Homs, in this general view taken January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy

Burnt vehicles and destroyed buildings are seen in Homs, in this general view taken January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy

Burnt vehicles and destroyed buildings are seen in Homs, in this general view taken January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy
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Free Syrian Army fighters take position just before they were hit by Syrian Army sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Free Syrian Army fighters take position just before they were hit by Syrian Army sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Free Syrian Army fighters take position just before they were hit by Syrian Army sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Free Syrian Army fighters lie on the ground as they are shot by sniper fire in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Free Syrian Army fighters lie on the ground as they are shot by sniper fire in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Free Syrian Army fighters lie on the ground as they are shot by sniper fire in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A Free Syrian Army fighter (L) looks at his comrade as he gets shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Free Syrian Army fighter (L) looks at his comrade as he gets shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Free Syrian Army fighter (L) looks at his comrade as he gets shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Free Syrian Army fighters pull a comrade (3rd L) who was shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Free Syrian Army fighters pull a comrade (3rd L) who was shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Free Syrian Army fighters pull a comrade (3rd L) who was shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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A U.S. military vehicle carrying equipment for NATO's Patriot missile batteries disembarks as a U.S. soldier uses a mobile phone at Turkey's Mediterranean port of Iskenderun, in Hatay province January 30, 2013. The Netherlands, Germany and the United States have each sent two Patriot missile batteries and up to 400 troops to Turkey after Ankara asked for NATO's help to bolster its air defences against possible missile attack from Syria. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT TRANSPORT)

A U.S. military vehicle carrying equipment for NATO's Patriot missile batteries disembarks as a U.S. soldier uses a mobile phone at Turkey's Mediterranean port of Iskenderun, in Hatay province January 30, 2013. The Netherlands, Germany and the United...more

A U.S. military vehicle carrying equipment for NATO's Patriot missile batteries disembarks as a U.S. soldier uses a mobile phone at Turkey's Mediterranean port of Iskenderun, in Hatay province January 30, 2013. The Netherlands, Germany and the United States have each sent two Patriot missile batteries and up to 400 troops to Turkey after Ankara asked for NATO's help to bolster its air defences against possible missile attack from Syria. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT TRANSPORT)
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U.S. military vehicles carrying equipment for NATO's Patriot missile batteries disembark at Turkey's Mediterranean port of Iskenderun, in Hatay province January 30, 2013. The Netherlands, Germany and the United States have each sent two Patriot missile batteries and up to 400 troops to Turkey after Ankara asked for NATO's help to bolster its air defences against possible missile attack from Syria. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT TRANSPORT)

U.S. military vehicles carrying equipment for NATO's Patriot missile batteries disembark at Turkey's Mediterranean port of Iskenderun, in Hatay province January 30, 2013. The Netherlands, Germany and the United States have each sent two Patriot...more

U.S. military vehicles carrying equipment for NATO's Patriot missile batteries disembark at Turkey's Mediterranean port of Iskenderun, in Hatay province January 30, 2013. The Netherlands, Germany and the United States have each sent two Patriot missile batteries and up to 400 troops to Turkey after Ankara asked for NATO's help to bolster its air defences against possible missile attack from Syria. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT TRANSPORT)
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Syrian refugees stand outside their tent at the Al Zaatri Syrian refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria January 30, 2013. Donor countries have pledged more than $1.5 billion to aid Syrians stricken by civil war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday after warning that the conflict had wrought a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. REUTERS/Majed Jaber (JORDAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Syrian refugees stand outside their tent at the Al Zaatri Syrian refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria January 30, 2013. Donor countries have pledged more than $1.5 billion to aid Syrians stricken by civil war, U.N....more

Syrian refugees stand outside their tent at the Al Zaatri Syrian refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria January 30, 2013. Donor countries have pledged more than $1.5 billion to aid Syrians stricken by civil war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday after warning that the conflict had wrought a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. REUTERS/Majed Jaber (JORDAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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A Free Syrian Army fighter drags his comrade who was shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Free Syrian Army fighter drags his comrade who was shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Free Syrian Army fighter drags his comrade who was shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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