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Syrians brush off Assad speech as fighting rages

Civilians and Free Syrian Army fighters gather at the site hit by a missile in Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Civilians and Free Syrian Army fighters gather at the site hit by a missile in Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Civilians and Free Syrian Army fighters gather at the site hit by a missile in Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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Men search for survivors under rubble after a missile hit Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Men search for survivors under rubble after a missile hit Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

Men search for survivors under rubble after a missile hit Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO IN CIVILIANS Civilians and Free Syrian Army fighters gather at the site hit by a missile in Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO IN CIVILIANS Civilians and Free Syrian Army fighters gather at the site hit by a missile in Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO IN CIVILIANS Civilians and Free Syrian Army fighters gather at the site hit by a missile in Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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A man reacts after a missile hit Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A man reacts after a missile hit Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A man reacts after a missile hit Aleppo's al-Mashhad district January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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Free Syrian Army fighters walk past damaged buildings in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano

Free Syrian Army fighters walk past damaged buildings in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano

Free Syrian Army fighters walk past damaged buildings in the village of Menagh, in Aleppo's countryside, January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano
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A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up a position as he uses a mirror to look out for snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up a position as he uses a mirror to look out for snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes up a position as he uses a mirror to look out for snipers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his weapon towards positions occupied by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the old city of Aleppo January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his weapon towards positions occupied by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the old city of Aleppo January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his weapon towards positions occupied by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the old city of Aleppo January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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A Free Syrian Army fighter is pictured with his weapon as people on a bicycle are reflected in a mirror in Aleppo January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Free Syrian Army fighter is pictured with his weapon as people on a bicycle are reflected in a mirror in Aleppo January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

A Free Syrian Army fighter is pictured with his weapon as people on a bicycle are reflected in a mirror in Aleppo January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman
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Men walk near buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Deir Al-Zor, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 4, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Younis/Shaam News Network/Handout

Men walk near buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Deir Al-Zor, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 4, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Younis/Shaam...more

Men walk near buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Deir Al-Zor, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 4, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Younis/Shaam News Network/Handout
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REFILE - ADDITIONAL DISCLAIMER Damage is seen at the frontline in the Al-Khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout

REFILE - ADDITIONAL DISCLAIMER Damage is seen at the frontline in the Al-Khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout

REFILE - ADDITIONAL DISCLAIMER Damage is seen at the frontline in the Al-Khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Thair Al-Khalidieh/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A man walks near buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Erbeen, near Damascus, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Bassem Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout

A man walks near buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Erbeen, near Damascus, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Bassem...more

A man walks near buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Erbeen, near Damascus, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Bassem Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A 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 Erbeen, near Damascus, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Bassem Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout

A 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 Erbeen, near Damascus, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Bassem...more

A 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 Erbeen, near Damascus, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Bassem Al-Erbeeni/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A 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 Taftanaz, near the northern province of Idlib, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Ismail al-Taftanazi/Shaam News Network/Handout

A 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 Taftanaz, near the northern province of Idlib, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 6, 2013....more

A 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 Taftanaz, near the northern province of Idlib, in a picture provided by Shaam News Network January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Ismail al-Taftanazi/Shaam News Network/Handout
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