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A damaged area is pictured after a car bomb in Qatana, near Damascus December 13, 2012 in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. Sixteen people were killed and more than 25 wounded, including women and children, in a car bomb in Qatana, a town 25 kilometres (15 miles) southwest of Damascus, Lebanon's al-Manar television channel said on Thursday. REUTERS/Sana

A damaged area is pictured after a car bomb in Qatana, near Damascus December 13, 2012 in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. Sixteen people were killed and more than 25 wounded, including women and children, in a car bomb in Qatana, a town 25 kilometres (15 miles) southwest of Damascus, Lebanon's al-Manar television channel said on Thursday. REUTERS/Sana
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A damaged area is pictured after a car bomb in Qatana, near Damascus December 13, 2012 in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/Sana

A damaged area is pictured after a car bomb in Qatana, near Damascus December 13, 2012 in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/Sana
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A view of a damaged building after what activists said was a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad firing missiles in Erbeen near Damascus December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Bassam Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout

A view of a damaged building after what activists said was a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad firing missiles in Erbeen near Damascus December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Bassam Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon towards a Syrian military warplane (not pictured) in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Saleh Anadani

A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon towards a Syrian military warplane (not pictured) in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Saleh Anadani
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Residents gather near bodies of men whom activists said were killed by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad, before their funeral in Daraya near Damascus December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout

Residents gather near bodies of men whom activists said were killed by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad, before their funeral in Daraya near Damascus December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Kenan Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Free Syrian Army fighters take up positions behind a sand barrier in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Saleh Anadani

Free Syrian Army fighters take up positions behind a sand barrier in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Saleh Anadani
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Free Syrian Army fighters prepare their weapons in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Saleh Anadani

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare their weapons in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Saleh Anadani
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A view of a damaged building after what activists said was a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad firing missiles in Erbeen near Damascus December 12, 2012. Picture taken December 12. REUTERS/Bassam Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout

A view of a damaged building after what activists said was a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad firing missiles in Erbeen near Damascus December 12, 2012. Picture taken December 12. REUTERS/Bassam Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Smoke rises after what activists said was a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad firing missiles in Erbeen near Damascus December 10, 2012. Picture taken December 10. REUTERS/Bassam Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout

Smoke rises after what activists said was a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad firing missiles in Erbeen near Damascus December 10, 2012. Picture taken December 10. REUTERS/Bassam Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Smoke rises after what activists said was a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad firing missiles in Erbeen near Damascus December 10, 2012. Picture taken December 10. REUTERS/Bassam Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout

Smoke rises after what activists said was a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad firing missiles in Erbeen near Damascus December 10, 2012. Picture taken December 10. REUTERS/Bassam Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Debris lie on a street after explosions at the main gate of the Syrian Interior Ministry in Damascus December 12, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A car bomb and two other explosives went off at the main gate of the Syrian Interior Ministry in Damascus on Wednesday, causing some deaths, state television said. It did not give figures on casualties. Lebanon's al-Manar television, which...more

Debris lie on a street after explosions at the main gate of the Syrian Interior Ministry in Damascus December 12, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A car bomb and two other explosives went off at the main gate of the Syrian Interior Ministry in Damascus on Wednesday, causing some deaths, state television said. It did not give figures on casualties. Lebanon's al-Manar television, which supports Hezbollah, said four people were killed and more than 20 wounded in the explosions. REUTERS/Sana
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A damaged car is parked next to other damage after what activists said was a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad firing missiles in Erbeen near Damascus December 12, 2012. Picture taken December 12. REUTERS/Bassam Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout

A damaged car is parked next to other damage after what activists said was a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad firing missiles in Erbeen near Damascus December 12, 2012. Picture taken December 12. REUTERS/Bassam Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Residents walk as they flee their homes after shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, at Houla near Homs December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

Residents walk as they flee their homes after shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, at Houla near Homs December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout
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People stand near a damaged car and debris after explosions went off at the main gate of the Syrian Interior Ministry in Damascus December 12, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A car bomb and two other explosives went off at the main gate of the Syrian Interior Ministry in Damascus on Wednesday, causing some deaths, state television said. It did not give figures on casualties. Lebanon's...more

People stand near a damaged car and debris after explosions went off at the main gate of the Syrian Interior Ministry in Damascus December 12, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. A car bomb and two other explosives went off at the main gate of the Syrian Interior Ministry in Damascus on Wednesday, causing some deaths, state television said. It did not give figures on casualties. Lebanon's al-Manar television, which supports Hezbollah, said four people were killed and more than 20 wounded in the explosions. REUTERS/Sana
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A crowd gathers around wrecked vehicles after a bomb explosion in a minibus at the Mazeh 86 area in Damascus in this December 12, 2012 handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. Sana said the "terrorist bomb" killed three people and wounded another eight people in the Mazeh 86 are in west Damascus. Damascus residents say the area is controlled by Assad loyalists. REUTERS/SANA

A crowd gathers around wrecked vehicles after a bomb explosion in a minibus at the Mazeh 86 area in Damascus in this December 12, 2012 handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. Sana said the "terrorist bomb" killed three people and wounded another eight people in the Mazeh 86 are in west Damascus. Damascus residents say the area is controlled by Assad loyalists. REUTERS/SANA
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