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A man runs with a stretcher at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in the Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

A man runs with a stretcher at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in the Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

A man runs with a stretcher at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in the Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L-R) stand before their meeting in Munich January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L-R) stand before their meeting in Munich January 31, 2014....more

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L-R) stand before their meeting in Munich January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (2nd L-2nd R) take their seats for a meeting in Munich January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (2nd L-2nd R) take their seats for a meeting in Munich January...more

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (2nd L-2nd R) take their seats for a meeting in Munich January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.N. Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L-R) greet each other ahead of their meeting in Munich January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.N. Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L-R) greet each other ahead of their meeting in Munich January...more

United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.N. Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L-R) greet each other ahead of their meeting in Munich January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L-R) stand before their meeting in Munich January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L-R) stand before their meeting in Munich January 31, 2014....more

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L-R) stand before their meeting in Munich January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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People gather as they search for survivors amidst rubble of collapsed buildings at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in the Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

People gather as they search for survivors amidst rubble of collapsed buildings at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in the Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

People gather as they search for survivors amidst rubble of collapsed buildings at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in the Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
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Smoke rises at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in the Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

Smoke rises at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in the Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

Smoke rises at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in the Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
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A girl plays with a ball along a street in the besieged area of Homs, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya

A girl plays with a ball along a street in the besieged area of Homs, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya

A girl plays with a ball along a street in the besieged area of Homs, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya
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