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Syrian spokesman flees country, diplomat says

Free Syrian Army fighters gather around tanks which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, at a base in Bab al-Hawa, near the Syrian-Turkish border November 28, 2012. Picture taken Novemver 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

Free Syrian Army fighters gather around tanks which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, at a base in Bab al-Hawa, near the Syrian-Turkish border November 28, 2012. Picture taken Novemver 28, 2012....more

Free Syrian Army fighters gather around tanks which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, at a base in Bab al-Hawa, near the Syrian-Turkish border November 28, 2012. Picture taken Novemver 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof
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Residents flee their homes after shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

Residents flee their homes after shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

Residents flee their homes after shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A helicopter belonging to Syrian President Bashar-Al Assad's forces flies over Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

A helicopter belonging to Syrian President Bashar-Al Assad's forces flies over Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

A helicopter belonging to Syrian President Bashar-Al Assad's forces flies over Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Free Syrian Army fighters are seen at Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army fighters are seen at Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army fighters are seen at Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout
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View of buildings damaged after a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired missiles at Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

View of buildings damaged after a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired missiles at Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

View of buildings damaged after a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired missiles at Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A Free Syrian Army fighter cleans a tank which the group says was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, at a base in Bab al-Hawa, near the Syrian-Turkish border November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

A Free Syrian Army fighter cleans a tank which the group says was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, at a base in Bab al-Hawa, near the Syrian-Turkish border November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

A Free Syrian Army fighter cleans a tank which the group says was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, at a base in Bab al-Hawa, near the Syrian-Turkish border November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof
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A Free Syrian Army fighter holds a water hose to clean a tank which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, at a base in Bab al-Hawa, near the Syrian-Turkish border November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds a water hose to clean a tank which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, at a base in Bab al-Hawa, near the Syrian-Turkish border November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds a water hose to clean a tank which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, at a base in Bab al-Hawa, near the Syrian-Turkish border November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof
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View of buildings damaged after a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired missiles at Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

View of buildings damaged after a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired missiles at Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

View of buildings damaged after a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fired missiles at Houla, near Homs, December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Syrians run for cover as smoke rises over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain after an air strike, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Syrians run for cover as smoke rises over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain after an air strike, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Syrians run for cover as smoke rises over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain after an air strike, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
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Syrians cross the border from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar after an air strike December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Syrians cross the border from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar after an air strike December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Syrians cross the border from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar after an air strike December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
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Syrians try to cross the border from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar after an air strike December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Syrians try to cross the border from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar after an air strike December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Syrians try to cross the border from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain to the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar after an air strike December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
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View of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the Akraba suburb of Damascus December 1, 2012. Picture December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Damashqi/Shaam News Network/Handout

View of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the Akraba suburb of Damascus December 1, 2012. Picture December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Damashqi/Shaam...more

View of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the Akraba suburb of Damascus December 1, 2012. Picture December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Thair Al-Damashqi/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Free Syrian Army officers meet at Marat al-Numan near the northern province of Idlib November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Zakwan Hadeed/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army officers meet at Marat al-Numan near the northern province of Idlib November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Zakwan Hadeed/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army officers meet at Marat al-Numan near the northern province of Idlib November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Zakwan Hadeed/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Free Syrian Army fighters and residents are seen on a tank, which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, after clashes in Houla near Homs, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army fighters and residents are seen on a tank, which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, after clashes in Houla near Homs, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army fighters and residents are seen on a tank, which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, after clashes in Houla near Homs, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A man carries his baby girl, whom activists said was injured by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, at a makeshift hospital in Houla, near Homs, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

A man carries his baby girl, whom activists said was injured by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, at a makeshift hospital in Houla, near Homs, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

A man carries his baby girl, whom activists said was injured by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, at a makeshift hospital in Houla, near Homs, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Free Syrian Army fighters and residents push a tank, which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, after clashes in Houla near Homs, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army fighters and residents push a tank, which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, after clashes in Houla near Homs, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army fighters and residents push a tank, which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, after clashes in Houla near Homs, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A general view of buildings, damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in Daria near Damascus December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout

A general view of buildings, damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in Daria near Damascus December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout

A general view of buildings, damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in Daria near Damascus December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Derani/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Residents flee their homes after shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Houla, near Homs, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

Residents flee their homes after shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Houla, near Homs, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout

Residents flee their homes after shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Houla, near Homs, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Misra Al-Misri/Shaam News Network/Handout
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