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<p>A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires a rocket during an air strike in the village of Tel Rafat, north of Aleppo, August 9, 2012. 

REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic</p>

A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires a rocket during an air strike in the village of Tel Rafat, north of Aleppo, August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires a rocket during an air strike in the village of Tel Rafat, north of Aleppo, August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad deployed from al-Sabaa Bahrat district move on their armored vehicles towards the old souk of Aleppo, February 21, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian</p>

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad deployed from al-Sabaa Bahrat district move on their armored vehicles towards the old souk of Aleppo, February 21, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad deployed from al-Sabaa Bahrat district move on their armored vehicles towards the old souk of Aleppo, February 21, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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<p>Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Maysaloun area, in Aleppo city during clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters, November 3, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian</p>

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Maysaloun area, in Aleppo city during clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters, November 3, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Maysaloun area, in Aleppo city during clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters, November 3, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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<p>Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad prepare for military operations in areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army fighters, in Aleppo, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian</p>

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad prepare for military operations in areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army fighters, in Aleppo, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad prepare for military operations in areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army fighters, in Aleppo, November 12, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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<p>Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen in Ain-Assan village during what they said was an operation to occupy it, in southern countryside of Aleppo, June 15, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian</p>

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen in Ain-Assan village during what they said was an operation to occupy it, in southern countryside of Aleppo, June 15, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen in Ain-Assan village during what they said was an operation to occupy it, in southern countryside of Aleppo, June 15, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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<p>A Syrian army tank is seen in the Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood, after clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and regime forces in Aleppo city, October 5, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian</p>

A Syrian army tank is seen in the Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood, after clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and regime forces in Aleppo city, October 5, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

A Syrian army tank is seen in the Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood, after clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and regime forces in Aleppo city, October 5, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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<p>Soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and their tank patrol the streets in al-Sabaa Bahrat district, an area controlled by Free Syrian Army fighters, in the center of Aleppo, February 20, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian</p>

Soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and their tank patrol the streets in al-Sabaa Bahrat district, an area controlled by Free Syrian Army fighters, in the center of Aleppo, February 20, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

Soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and their tank patrol the streets in al-Sabaa Bahrat district, an area controlled by Free Syrian Army fighters, in the center of Aleppo, February 20, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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<p>A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires rockets during an air strike in the village of Tel Rafat, north of Aleppo, August 9, 2012. 
REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic</p>

A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires rockets during an air strike in the village of Tel Rafat, north of Aleppo, August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires rockets during an air strike in the village of Tel Rafat, north of Aleppo, August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>Syria's President Bashar al-Assad chats with military personnel during his visit to a military site in town of Daraya, southwest of Damascus, August 1, 2013. 

REUTERS/SANA</p>

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad chats with military personnel during his visit to a military site in town of Daraya, southwest of Damascus, August 1, 2013. REUTERS/SANA

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad chats with military personnel during his visit to a military site in town of Daraya, southwest of Damascus, August 1, 2013. REUTERS/SANA

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<p>Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Suleiman al-Halabi neighbourhood in Aleppo city, September 20, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian</p>

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Suleiman al-Halabi neighbourhood in Aleppo city, September 20, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Suleiman al-Halabi neighbourhood in Aleppo city, September 20, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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<p>A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires a rocket during an air strike loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa province, June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Nour Fourat</p>

A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires a rocket during an air strike loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa province, June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Nour Fourat

A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires a rocket during an air strike loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa province, June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Nour Fourat

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<p>Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad deployed from the al-Sabaa Bahrat district run towards the old souk of Aleppo, February 21, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian</p>

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad deployed from the al-Sabaa Bahrat district run towards the old souk of Aleppo, February 21, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad deployed from the al-Sabaa Bahrat district run towards the old souk of Aleppo, February 21, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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<p>Syrian Air Force helicopters used by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at a military base at Taftanaz near the northern province of Idlib, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Redwan Al-Homsi/Shaam News Network</p>

Syrian Air Force helicopters used by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at a military base at Taftanaz near the northern province of Idlib, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Redwan Al-Homsi/Shaam News Network

Syrian Air Force helicopters used by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at a military base at Taftanaz near the northern province of Idlib, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Redwan Al-Homsi/Shaam News Network

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<p>Syrian army tanks are seen in the Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood after clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and regime forces, in Aleppo city, October 5, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian</p>

Syrian army tanks are seen in the Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood after clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and regime forces, in Aleppo city, October 5, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

Syrian army tanks are seen in the Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood after clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and regime forces, in Aleppo city, October 5, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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<p>A Syrian Air Force fighter plane flies over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain during an air strike, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Osman Orsal</p>

A Syrian Air Force fighter plane flies over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain during an air strike, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A Syrian Air Force fighter plane flies over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain during an air strike, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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<p>Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad get briefed before being deploy from the al-Sabaa Bahrat district to the old souk of Aleppo, February 21, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian</p>

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad get briefed before being deploy from the al-Sabaa Bahrat district to the old souk of Aleppo, February 21, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad get briefed before being deploy from the al-Sabaa Bahrat district to the old souk of Aleppo, February 21, 2013. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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<p>Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Karm al-Gabal area in Aleppo city after clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters, October 8, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian</p>

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Karm al-Gabal area in Aleppo city after clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters, October 8, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Karm al-Gabal area in Aleppo city after clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters, October 8, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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<p>Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at al Khaldia neighbourhood in Homs city, July 27, 2013. REUTERS/SANA</p>

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at al Khaldia neighbourhood in Homs city, July 27, 2013. REUTERS/SANA

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at al Khaldia neighbourhood in Homs city, July 27, 2013. REUTERS/SANA

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<p>A jet belonging to forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is seen flying in the sky of Aleppo city after hitting the area of al-Shaar September 19,2012. REUTERS/Zain Karam (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT)</p>

A jet belonging to forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is seen flying in the sky of Aleppo city after hitting the area of al-Shaar September 19,2012. REUTERS/Zain Karam (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT)

A jet belonging to forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is seen flying in the sky of Aleppo city after hitting the area of al-Shaar September 19,2012. REUTERS/Zain Karam (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT)

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<p>Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Karm al-Gabal area in Aleppo city after clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters, October 8, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian</p>

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Karm al-Gabal area in Aleppo city after clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters, October 8, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Karm al-Gabal area in Aleppo city after clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters, October 8, 2012. REUTERS/George Ourfalian

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