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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) greets people after attending prayers during celebrations of Prophet Mohammed's birthday at the al-Afram mosque in Damascus January 24, 2013, in this handout picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) greets people after attending prayers during celebrations of Prophet Mohammed's birthday at the al-Afram mosque in Damascus January 24, 2013, in this handout picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA....more

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) greets people after attending prayers during celebrations of Prophet Mohammed's birthday at the al-Afram mosque in Damascus January 24, 2013, in this handout picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attends prayers during celebrations of Prophet Mohammed's Birthday, at the al-Afram mosque in Damascus January 24, 2013, in this handout picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attends prayers during celebrations of Prophet Mohammed's Birthday, at the al-Afram mosque in Damascus January 24, 2013, in this handout picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attends prayers during celebrations of Prophet Mohammed's Birthday, at the al-Afram mosque in Damascus January 24, 2013, in this handout picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (4th R) attends prayers during celebrations of Prophet Mohammed's birthday at the al-Afram mosque in Damascus January 24, 2013, in this handout picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (4th R) attends prayers during celebrations of Prophet Mohammed's birthday at the al-Afram mosque in Damascus January 24, 2013, in this handout picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA....more

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (4th R) attends prayers during celebrations of Prophet Mohammed's birthday at the al-Afram mosque in Damascus January 24, 2013, in this handout picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout
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REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (3rd L) prays during celebrations of Prophet Mohammed's birthday, at the al-Afram mosque in Damascus January 24, 2013, in this handout picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (3rd L) prays during celebrations of Prophet Mohammed's birthday, at the al-Afram mosque in Damascus January 24, 2013, in this handout picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA....more

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (3rd L) prays during celebrations of Prophet Mohammed's birthday, at the al-Afram mosque in Damascus January 24, 2013, in this handout picture provided by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout
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Residents inspect the site hit by a rocket in the village of Kal Jebreen, north of Aleppo January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano

Residents inspect the site hit by a rocket in the village of Kal Jebreen, north of Aleppo January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano

Residents inspect the site hit by a rocket in the village of Kal Jebreen, north of Aleppo January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano
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Residents inspect the site hit by a rocket in the village of Kal Jebreen, north of Aleppo January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano

Residents inspect the site hit by a rocket in the village of Kal Jebreen, north of Aleppo January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano

Residents inspect the site hit by a rocket in the village of Kal Jebreen, north of Aleppo January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano
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A general view shows the damage after a jet shelled the area in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

A general view shows the damage after a jet shelled the area in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

A general view shows the damage after a jet shelled the area in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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Residents walk as a boy rides a bicycle past damaged buildings in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

Residents walk as a boy rides a bicycle past damaged buildings in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

Residents walk as a boy rides a bicycle past damaged buildings in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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A photo of a child is seen on a wall of a shell-damaged house in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

A photo of a child is seen on a wall of a shell-damaged house in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

A photo of a child is seen on a wall of a shell-damaged house in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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Men smoke waterpipes near a burnt vehicle in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

Men smoke waterpipes near a burnt vehicle in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

Men smoke waterpipes near a burnt vehicle in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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A boy wearing a scarf around his face stands in front of tents during cold weather at the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

A boy wearing a scarf around his face stands in front of tents during cold weather at the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

A boy wearing a scarf around his face stands in front of tents during cold weather at the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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A boy stands at a former Syrian Army post in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

A boy stands at a former Syrian Army post in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

A boy stands at a former Syrian Army post in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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Syrian families sit as they wait to cross the border to Turkey near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

Syrian families sit as they wait to cross the border to Turkey near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

Syrian families sit as they wait to cross the border to Turkey near the Syrian-Turkish border January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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A child stands on a pick-up truck at the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

A child stands on a pick-up truck at the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam

A child stands on a pick-up truck at the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Zain Karam
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Members of the Free Syrian Army patrol in the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain as they are pictured from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Members of the Free Syrian Army patrol in the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain as they are pictured from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Members of the Free Syrian Army patrol in the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain as they are pictured from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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Turkish soldiers take up their position near the border with Syria at the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Turkish soldiers take up their position near the border with Syria at the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Turkish soldiers take up their position near the border with Syria at the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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Syrian women from Ras al-Ain walk at the border line as they are pictured from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Syrian women from Ras al-Ain walk at the border line as they are pictured from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Syrian women from Ras al-Ain walk at the border line as they are pictured from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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