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<p>Free Syrian Army fighters stand behind sandbags in the al-Khalidiya neighbourhood of Aleppo, September 26, 2013. A sentence (first line on top) on the wall reads, "The way to heaven is behind this wall ". REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

Free Syrian Army fighters stand behind sandbags in the al-Khalidiya neighbourhood of Aleppo, September 26, 2013. A sentence (first line on top) on the wall reads, "The way to heaven is behind this wall ". REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Free Syrian Army fighters stand behind sandbags in the al-Khalidiya neighbourhood of Aleppo, September 26, 2013. A sentence (first line on top) on the wall reads, "The way to heaven is behind this wall ". REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>A sheet covers a damaged road from snipers in Sheikh Maksoud, Aleppo, September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat</p>

A sheet covers a damaged road from snipers in Sheikh Maksoud, Aleppo, September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

A sheet covers a damaged road from snipers in Sheikh Maksoud, Aleppo, September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

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<p>A Free Syrian Army fighter watches after setting tyres and other objects on fire to provide cover from snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, September 25, 2013.
REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah</p>

A Free Syrian Army fighter watches after setting tyres and other objects on fire to provide cover from snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

A Free Syrian Army fighter watches after setting tyres and other objects on fire to provide cover from snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's Salaheddine district, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

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<p>A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units takes up position with his gun as a fellow fighter looks out a hole in the wall in Sheikh Maksoud area, Aleppo, September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat</p>

A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units takes up position with his gun as a fellow fighter looks out a hole in the wall in Sheikh Maksoud area, Aleppo, September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units takes up position with his gun as a fellow fighter looks out a hole in the wall in Sheikh Maksoud area, Aleppo, September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

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<p>A picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is hung on Al-Ziraa building (Agriculture building), which is controlled by forces loyal to Assad, in Sheikh Maksoud, Aleppo, September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat</p>

A picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is hung on Al-Ziraa building (Agriculture building), which is controlled by forces loyal to Assad, in Sheikh Maksoud, Aleppo, September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

A picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is hung on Al-Ziraa building (Agriculture building), which is controlled by forces loyal to Assad, in Sheikh Maksoud, Aleppo, September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

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<p>A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon in a damaged house in Al-Zibdeh, Aleppo, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Aref Hretani</p>

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon in a damaged house in Al-Zibdeh, Aleppo, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Aref Hretani

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon in a damaged house in Al-Zibdeh, Aleppo, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Aref Hretani

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<p>A Free Syrian Army fighter runs for cover from snipers on the front line in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat</p>

A Free Syrian Army fighter runs for cover from snipers on the front line in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

A Free Syrian Army fighter runs for cover from snipers on the front line in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

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<p>Smoke rises after what activists say was shelling from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Al-Arbaeen mountain in the Idlib countryside, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Houssam Abo Dabak</p>

Smoke rises after what activists say was shelling from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Al-Arbaeen mountain in the Idlib countryside, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Houssam Abo Dabak

Smoke rises after what activists say was shelling from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Al-Arbaeen mountain in the Idlib countryside, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Houssam Abo Dabak

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<p>Free Syrian Army fighters fire their weapons during what the FSA said were clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at the Al-Arbaeen mountain in the Idlib countryside, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Houssam Abo Dabak</p>

Free Syrian Army fighters fire their weapons during what the FSA said were clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at the Al-Arbaeen mountain in the Idlib countryside, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Houssam Abo Dabak

Free Syrian Army fighters fire their weapons during what the FSA said were clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at the Al-Arbaeen mountain in the Idlib countryside, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Houssam Abo Dabak

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<p>A Free Syrian Army fighter takes shooting position in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Loubna Mrie</p>

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes shooting position in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Loubna Mrie

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes shooting position in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Loubna Mrie

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<p>Free Syrian Army fighters peek through gaps at a concrete barrier as they watch their fellow fighters who where caught under sniper fire on the front line in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat</p>

Free Syrian Army fighters peek through gaps at a concrete barrier as they watch their fellow fighters who where caught under sniper fire on the front line in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

Free Syrian Army fighters peek through gaps at a concrete barrier as they watch their fellow fighters who where caught under sniper fire on the front line in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

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<p>Thick smoke rises out of burning vehicles at the site of a car explosion on the Syrian border crossing of Bab al-Hawa, at the Syrian-Turkish border which is manned by Free Syrian Army members, in Harem, Idlib Governorate, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Amer Alfaj</p>

Thick smoke rises out of burning vehicles at the site of a car explosion on the Syrian border crossing of Bab al-Hawa, at the Syrian-Turkish border which is manned by Free Syrian Army members, in Harem, Idlib Governorate, September 17, 2013....more

Thick smoke rises out of burning vehicles at the site of a car explosion on the Syrian border crossing of Bab al-Hawa, at the Syrian-Turkish border which is manned by Free Syrian Army members, in Harem, Idlib Governorate, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Amer Alfaj

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<p>A Kurdish Free Syrian Army fighter holds out a doll while his fellow fighter takes shooting position in Ashrafieh, Aleppo, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

A Kurdish Free Syrian Army fighter holds out a doll while his fellow fighter takes shooting position in Ashrafieh, Aleppo, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Kurdish Free Syrian Army fighter holds out a doll while his fellow fighter takes shooting position in Ashrafieh, Aleppo, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>A Free Syrian Army tank drives on al-Arbaeen mountain in the Idlib countryside, September 20, 2013.  REUTERS/Houssam Abo Dabak</p>

A Free Syrian Army tank drives on al-Arbaeen mountain in the Idlib countryside, September 20, 2013. REUTERS/Houssam Abo Dabak

A Free Syrian Army tank drives on al-Arbaeen mountain in the Idlib countryside, September 20, 2013. REUTERS/Houssam Abo Dabak

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<p>A Free Syrian Army fighter grabs a weapon in a safe house at Saif al-Dawla district in Aleppo, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Zaid Rev</p>

A Free Syrian Army fighter grabs a weapon in a safe house at Saif al-Dawla district in Aleppo, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Zaid Rev

A Free Syrian Army fighter grabs a weapon in a safe house at Saif al-Dawla district in Aleppo, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Zaid Rev

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<p>Kurdish Free Syrian Army fighters walk through a hole in the wall in Ashrafieh, Aleppo, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

Kurdish Free Syrian Army fighters walk through a hole in the wall in Ashrafieh, Aleppo, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Kurdish Free Syrian Army fighters walk through a hole in the wall in Ashrafieh, Aleppo, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>Free Syrian Army fighters fire their weapons during clashes with what activists say are government forces, in the village of Aziza, in the southern countryside of Aleppo, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib</p>

Free Syrian Army fighters fire their weapons during clashes with what activists say are government forces, in the village of Aziza, in the southern countryside of Aleppo, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib

Free Syrian Army fighters fire their weapons during clashes with what activists say are government forces, in the village of Aziza, in the southern countryside of Aleppo, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib

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<p>A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his weapon in Ashrafieh, Aleppo, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his weapon in Ashrafieh, Aleppo, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his weapon in Ashrafieh, Aleppo, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>A Free Syrian Army fighter uses a walkie-talkie in Aleppo's district of Salaheddine, September 16, 2013.  REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah</p>

A Free Syrian Army fighter uses a walkie-talkie in Aleppo's district of Salaheddine, September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

A Free Syrian Army fighter uses a walkie-talkie in Aleppo's district of Salaheddine, September 16, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

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<p>Besieged residents, afraid of leaving their homes due to a fear of snipers, pull a basket filled with food that activists provided to them in Ashrafieh, Aleppo, September 17, 2013.  REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman</p>

Besieged residents, afraid of leaving their homes due to a fear of snipers, pull a basket filled with food that activists provided to them in Ashrafieh, Aleppo, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Besieged residents, afraid of leaving their homes due to a fear of snipers, pull a basket filled with food that activists provided to them in Ashrafieh, Aleppo, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

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<p>A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon while resting in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district, September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat</p>

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon while resting in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district, September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon while resting in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha district, September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

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<p>Free Syrian Army fighters fire their weapons as they take cover during clashes with what activists say are government forces, in the village of Aziza, in the southern countryside of Aleppo, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib</p>

Free Syrian Army fighters fire their weapons as they take cover during clashes with what activists say are government forces, in the village of Aziza, in the southern countryside of Aleppo, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib

Free Syrian Army fighters fire their weapons as they take cover during clashes with what activists say are government forces, in the village of Aziza, in the southern countryside of Aleppo, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib

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<p>Smoke rises from a fire in a building controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after an attack by Free Syrian Army fighters in Al-Amiriya in Aleppo, September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah</p>

Smoke rises from a fire in a building controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after an attack by Free Syrian Army fighters in Al-Amiriya in Aleppo, September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

Smoke rises from a fire in a building controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after an attack by Free Syrian Army fighters in Al-Amiriya in Aleppo, September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

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<p>A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up a shooting position on a mattress in the al-Khalidiya neighbourhood of Aleppo, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Aref Hretani</p>

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up a shooting position on a mattress in the al-Khalidiya neighbourhood of Aleppo, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Aref Hretani

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up a shooting position on a mattress in the al-Khalidiya neighbourhood of Aleppo, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Aref Hretani

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<p>Free Syrian Army fighters take cover from snipers by crawling on the front line in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat</p>

Free Syrian Army fighters take cover from snipers by crawling on the front line in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

Free Syrian Army fighters take cover from snipers by crawling on the front line in Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood, September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

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