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Civilans and Free Syrian Army fighters gather at the site hit by a missile in Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Civilans and Free Syrian Army fighters gather at the site hit by a missile in Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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A man reacts after a missile hit Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT)

A man reacts after a missile hit Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT)
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A damaged bicycle is seen in a crater in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano

A damaged bicycle is seen in a crater in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano
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Weapons belonging to Free Syrian Army fighters are adjusted on a table in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT)

Weapons belonging to Free Syrian Army fighters are adjusted on a table in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT)
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Free Syrian Army fighters walk on the rubble of a destroyed house in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano

Free Syrian Army fighters walk on the rubble of a destroyed house in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano
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Men walk near buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Deir Al-Zor, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 4, 2013. Picture taken January 4, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Younis/Shaam News Network/Handout

Men walk near buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Deir Al-Zor, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 4, 2013. Picture taken January 4, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Younis/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his weapon towards positions occupied by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the old city of Aleppo January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his weapon towards positions occupied by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the old city of Aleppo January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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Free Syrian Army fighters rest as a weapon belonging to them is seen on a table in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT)

Free Syrian Army fighters rest as a weapon belonging to them is seen on a table in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT)
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Free Syrian Army fighters stand on the rubble of destroyed houses in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano

Free Syrian Army fighters stand on the rubble of destroyed houses in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano
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Free Syrian Army fighters walk past damaged buildings in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano

Free Syrian Army fighters walk past damaged buildings in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano
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A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano

A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano
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Smoke rises from what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Deir Al-Zor, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Younis/Shaam News Network/Handout

Smoke rises from what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Deir Al-Zor, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Younis/Shaam News Network/Handout
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KHALED AL-HARIRI

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) waves to his supporters after speaking at the Opera House in Damascus January 6, 2013, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A defiant al-Assad presented what he described as a new initiative on Sunday to end the war in Syria but his opponents dismissed it as a ploy to cling to power. REUTERS/Sana

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) waves to his supporters after speaking at the Opera House in Damascus January 6, 2013, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A defiant al-Assad presented what he described as a new initiative on Sunday to end the war in Syria but his opponents dismissed it as a ploy to cling to power. REUTERS/Sana
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks at the Opera House in Damascus January 6, 2013, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A defiant al-Assad presented what he described as a new initiative on Sunday to end the war in Syria but his opponents dismissed it as a ploy to cling to power. REUTERS/Sana

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks at the Opera House in Damascus January 6, 2013, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A defiant al-Assad presented what he described as a new initiative on Sunday to end the war in Syria but his opponents dismissed it as a ploy to cling to power. REUTERS/Sana
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks at the Opera House in Damascus in this still image taken from video January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Syrian TV via Reuters TV

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks at the Opera House in Damascus in this still image taken from video January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Syrian TV via Reuters TV
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks at the Opera House in Damascus in this still image taken from video January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Syrian TV via Reuters TV

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks at the Opera House in Damascus in this still image taken from video January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Syrian TV via Reuters TV
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KHALED AL-HARIRI

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) waves to his supporters after speaking at the Opera House in Damascus January 6, 2013, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A defiant al-Assad presented what he described as a new initiative on Sunday to end the war in Syria but his opponents dismissed it as a ploy to cling to power. REUTERS/Sana

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) waves to his supporters after speaking at the Opera House in Damascus January 6, 2013, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A defiant al-Assad presented what he described as a new initiative on Sunday to end the war in Syria but his opponents dismissed it as a ploy to cling to power. REUTERS/Sana
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A Free Syrian Army fighter feeds a cat in the old city of Aleppo January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Free Syrian Army fighter feeds a cat in the old city of Aleppo January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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