Image: A Free Syrian Army fighter pulls a boy off the street as a sniper fires during fighting with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar el-Assad in Aleppo city

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Image: A Free Syrian Army fighter pulls a boy off the street as a sniper fires during fighting with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar el-Assad in Aleppo city

A Free Syrian Army fighter pulls a boy off the street as a sniper fires during fighting with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar el-Assad in Aleppo on Dec. 31, 2012.
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Image: A Syrian refugee child looks out of her family tent at Bib Salam refugee camp in Syria near the Turkish border

A Syrian refugee child looks out of her family tent at Bib Salam refugee camp in Syria near the Turkish border on Dec. 22.
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Image: An unexploded ordnance is seen in the Ain Terma area in Ghouta, east of Damascus

An unexploded ordnance is lodged in the street in the Ain Terma area in Ghouta, east of Damascus, on Dec. 19. REUTERS/Karm Seif/Shaam News Network/Handout (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Image: Pictures of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian flags burn after being set on fire by Free Syrian Army fighters in Ouwayjah village in Aleppo

Pictures of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Syrian flags burn after being set on fire by Free Syrian Army fighters in Aleppo on Dec. 17.
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Syrian rebels attend a training session in Maaret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria, on Dec. 17, 2012. The new Syrian rebel chief, a defected army general who spent months in exile, says he has begun operating inside Syria to unite autonomous anti-regime militias for what he hopes will be the final push against President Bashar Al-Assad.
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People gather by the window of a makeshift store where Free Syrian Army fighters sell bread in Maaret Misreen, near Idlib, Syria, on Dec. 13, 2012. The town is broke, relying on a slowing trickle of local donations. The rebels, a motley crew of laborers, mechanics and shopowners, have little experience in government. President Bashar Al-Assad's troops still control the city of Idlib a few miles away, making area roads unsafe and keeping Maaret Misreen cut off from most of Syria.
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Syrian army defectors are seen in the custody of the Free Syrian Army on Dec. 12, 2012, after they surrendered during fighting at a military academy outside of Aleppo.
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Syrian women wait outside a bakery shop to buy bread in Maaret Misreen, near Idlib, Syria, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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Image: A woman who fled her home cries while asking for a pillow and a blanket at a distribution at a camp for displaced Syrians, in the village of Atmeh, Syria.

In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 photo, a Syrian woman who fled her home cries while asking for a pillow and a blanket at a distribution at a camp for displaced Syrians, in the village of Atmeh, Syria. This tent camp sheltering some of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians uprooted by the country's brutal civil war has lost the race against winter: the ground under white tents is soaked in mud, rain water seeps into thin mattresses and volunteer doctors routinely run out of medicine for coughing, runny-nosed children. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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Syrian children warm themselves at a refugee camp near the Turkish border, in Azaz, Syria, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Temperatures dropped to 9 degrees Celsius (48 degrees Fahrenheit) in Azaz. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
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Syrian rebels stand atop Sham II, a homemade armoured vehicle made by the rebels' Al-Ansar brigade, in Bishqatin, 4 kms west of Aleppo, on December 8, 2012. From a distance it looks rather like a big rusty metal box but closer inspection reveals the latest achievement of Syrian rebels: a homemade armoured vehicle waiting to be deployed. Sham II, named after ancient Syria, is built from the chassis of a car and touted by rebels as "100 percent made in Syria." AFP PHOTO/HERVE BAR (Photo credit should read HERVE BAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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In this Friday, Dec. 07, 2012 photo, a rebel fighter throws a grenade toward Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar Assad during clashes in Aleppo, Syria, Friday. As fears grow in the West that Syrian President Bashar Assad will unleash chemical weapons as an act of desperation, NATO moved forward Thursday with its plan to place Patriot missiles and troops along Syria's border with Turkey to protect against potential attacks. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
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The bodies of three children, who were allegedly killed in a mortar attack close to a bakery, are layed out for identification by family members at a makeshift hospital at an undisclosed location in Aleppo on Dec. 2.
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Night falls on a Syrian rebel-controlled area on Nov. 29 as destroyed buildings, including Dar Al-Shifa hospital, are seen on Sa'ar street after airstrikes targeted the area last week, killing dozens in Aleppo.
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TOPSHOTS Syrian rebels celebrate on top of the remains of a Syrian government fighter jet which was shot down at Daret Ezza, on the border between the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, on November 28, 2012. Syrian rebels captured a pilot manning the fighter jet downed over Daret Ezza in the northern province of Aleppo, witnesses told an AFP reporter in the town. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: Turkish soldiers sit in a vehicle, near the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain as gunfire is heard and fire is seen at a farm at the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar

Turkish soldiers sit in a vehicle, near the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain as gunfire is heard and fire is seen at a farm at the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, November 22, 2012. NATO ambassadors met on Wednesday to consider a Turkish request for the deployment of Patriot missiles near its border with Syria as the conflict in its southern neighbour deepens. A Reuters photographer said sporadic gunfire was heard throughout the day at the border. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY)
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Image: Free Syrian Army fighters pose on a tank, which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, after clashes in Qasseer

Free Syrian Army fighters pose on a tank, which they say was captured from the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, after clashes in Qasseer, near Homs on Nov. 19.
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Image: A man walks past a burnt car and damaged buildings along a street at the al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs

A man walks past a burnt car and damaged buildings along a street at the al-khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT)
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In this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 photo, Syrian rebel fighters prepare to fire a homemade rocket as they carry out a coordinated attack by hundreds of rebel fighters on a Syrian air force compound during heavy clashes on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria. There is a struggle for power among rebel factions in Syria with Islamists rejecting the country's new Western-backed opposition coalition and unilaterally declaring an Islamic state in the key battleground of Aleppo though all of the groups are fighting to topple President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
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TOPSHOTS Smoke billows from burning tyres as a Syrian rebel of the Halab al-Shabah battalion under Al-Tawhid brigade fires towards regime forces during clashes in Al-Amariya district of the northern city of Aleppo on November 13, 2012. Fierce battles and army shelling in and near Damascus killed at least 41 people, mostly civilians, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, as warplanes launched more air raids on a town on the Turkish border. AFP PHOTO/JAVIER MANZANOJavier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: Syrian refugees try to cross the border fence from the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain into Turkey during an air strike on Ras al-Ain, in the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar

Syrian refugees try to cross the border fence from the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain into Turkey during an air strike on Ras al-Ain, in the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province November 13, 2012. A Syrian warplane struck homes in the town of Ras al-Ain on Tuesday within sight of the Turkish border, pursuing an aerial bombardment to force out rebels, a Reuters witness and refugees said.The second day of jet strikes sent Syrians scurrying through the flimsy barbed-wire fence that divides Ras al-Ain from the Turkish settlement of Ceylanpinar, thick plumes of smoke rising above the town. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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A picture taken from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar shows Smoke rising after Syrian aircraft bombed the strategic border town of Ras al-Ain, killing at least four people, wounding many others and sending panicked residents fleeing across to Turkey, on November 12, 2012. A bomb exploded less than 150 metres (yards) from the Turkish border, with the force of the blast blowing out windows in houses in the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar just across the border. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
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In this Sunday, Nov. 04, 2012 photo, a rebel fighter fires a gun toward a building where Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar Assad are hiding while they attempt to gain terrain against the rebels during heavy clashes in the Jedida district of Aleppo, Syria. The uprising against Assad started with peaceful demonstrations in March last year, but has since morphed into a bloody civil war. Activists say more than 36,000 people have been killed in 19 months of fighting. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
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TOPSHOTS Syrian rescue workers evacuate a woman and her two children from a building targeted by a government forces air strike on the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab, 40 kilometers north-east of Aleppo, on November 4, 2012. An AFP correspondent reported three air strikes in close succession on Al-Bab. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE DESMAZESPHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
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TOPSHOTS A family member squeezes oxygen into the lungs of an eight-year-old girl who was fatally wounded by a the machine gun of a Syrian government forces' jet at the Karm al-Aser neighborhood of eastern Aleppo, on October 31, 2012. The unprecedented surge in air strikes carried out by Syrian forces this week is a desperate attempt by President Bashar al-Assad's regime to reverse recent gains by rebel fighters, analysts and rebels say. AFP PHOTO/JAVIER MANZANOJavier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images
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In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 photo, a pile of shoes covered by blood from wounded or dead residents lies at the entrance of the emergency ward at a hospital in the Tarik Al-Bab neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
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In this Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 photo, a rebel sniper aims at a Syrian army position, seen with another rebel fighter reflected in a mirror, in a residential building in the Jedida district of Aleppo, Syria. Syrian fighter jets pounded rebel areas across the country on Monday with scores of airstrikes that anti-regime activists called the most widespread bombing in a single day since Syria's troubles started 19 months ago. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).
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A displaced Syrian boy fights to get a present during a distribution of toys for Eid Al-Adha in a refugee camp near Atma, Idlib province, Syria, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. A powerful car bomb exploded in Damascus and scattered fighting broke out in several areas across Syria Friday, quickly dashing any hopes that a shaky holiday cease-fire would hold for four days.(AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)
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In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 photo, smoke rises from the Karmal Jabl neighborhood, during clashes between rebel fighters and the Syrian army in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
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Image: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad  performed Eid al-Adha Prayers

epa03447434 Handout photo issued by official news agency SANA shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (2nd R) performing Eid al-Adha Prayers at al-Afram Mosque in al-Muhajirin area in Damascus, Syria, 26 October 2012. A temporary truce between government and rebels on the 4 days Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha appears to be in the verge of collapse among a number of armed clashes. EPA/SANA/HO HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
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The father of a man killed by Syrian government forces mourns at the morgue in Aleppo on Oct. 23, 2012. UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is pushing "extremely hard" for a ceasefire in Syria and will brief the UN Security Council on Oct. 24 on his efforts, the UN spokesman said.
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In this Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 photo, a Syrian man wheels a woman severely injured from an artillery shell that landed near a bakery, to a hospital for treatment in Aleppo, Syria. Several were killed and a dozen were injured after the artillery shell that landed near a bakery in Aleppo on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras).
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Free Syrian Army fighters crawl on the sidewalk as they attempt to rescue a Syrian civilian who was shot twice, in his stomach and his back, by a Syrian army sniper while he was walking on the frontline in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Aleppo, Syri on Oct. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)
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TOPSHOTS Syrian men react following an airstrike by Syrian government forces in Maaret al-Numaan on October 18, 2012. Syrian regime warplanes launched a new wave of strikes on the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan, seized by rebels last week, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: Members of the Free Syrian Army use a catapult to launch a homemade bomb during clashes with pro-government soldiers in the city of Aleppo

Members of the free Syrian Army use a catapult to launch a homemade bomb during clashes with pro-government soldiers in the city of Aleppo, October, 15, 2012. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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TOPSHOTS A frightened child stands in the street after a Syrian government artillery shell destroyed his family home in the Shaar neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo on October 13, 2012. Syria's army retook control on October 14, 2012, of a historic mosque in second city Aleppo after fierce clashes with rebels in and around the area, a military official and an observer group said. AFP PHOTO/ZAC BAILLIEZAC BAILLIE/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: Civilian casualties in Aleppo

epa03433738 Photo made available on 15 October shows a Free Syrian Army fighter illuminating the body of an unknown man, killed by Syrian Army artillery shelling, in the cementery of Aleppo, Syria, 13 October 2012, before burying it in a common grave. As casualties mount, Aleppo's few operating hospitals struggle to cope with the number of victims, mostly civilians, caused by several months of fighting between the government's forces and Syrian rebels. EPA/MAYSUN
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Image: Syrian army soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al Assad, whom activists say had been captured this week are seen in the northwestern province of Idlib

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Image: Unrest in Aleppo

epa03428899 A photograph made available on 11 October 2012, shows an injured child and people receiving first aid in Dar al Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, 10 October 2012. Free Syrian Army figthers and troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are still fighting in the city of Aleppo. Reports state more than 31,000 people have been killed in the 19-month uprising against President al-Assad. EPA/MAYSUN
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Image: A Syrian family cross to Turkey by boat over the Orontes river on the Turkish-Syrian border near the village of Hacipasa in Hatay province

A Syrian family cross to Turkey by boat over the Orontes river on the Turkish-Syrian border near the village of Hacipasa in Hatay province October 10, 2012. Scores of Syrian civilians, many of them women with screaming children clinging to their necks, crossed Orontes, a narrow river marking the border with Turkey as they fled the fighting in Azmarin and surrounding villages. Residents from the Turkish village of Hacipasa, nestled among olive groves, helped pull them across in small metal boats. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)
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Image: Forces loyal to Syria's President Assad are seen at Hanano barracks in Aleppo city, after clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and regime forces

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at Hanano barracks in Aleppo city October 7, 2012, after clashes between Free Syrian Army fighters and regime forces. REUTERS/George Ourfalian (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY POLITICS CONFLICT)
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Image: Handout photo of Syria's President al-Assad praying after placing flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in a ceremony to mark the 39th anniversary of the 1973 October War with Israel, in Damascus

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (C) prays after placing flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in a ceremony to mark the 39th anniversary of the 1973 October War with Israel, in Damascus, in this October 6, 2012 handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA (SYRIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY CONFLICT POLITICS MILITARY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Image: Fighting and killing continues in Aleppo

epa03421816 An injured Free Syrian Army fighter rests after he received medical treatment at Dar al Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, 04 October 2012. Activists in Syria said the death toll from violence across the country reached 80 just on 04 October, mainly in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, as well as suburban areas of the capital Damascus. Rebels claimed they have downed a fighter jet near Aleppo, a day after suicide bombings killed at least 31 people, mainly government soldiers. Both sides have been fighting for months for control of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city and the country's commercial hub. EPA/MAYSUN
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Syrian man cries while holding the body of his son near Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Three suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in a government-controlled area of the battleground Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday, killing at least 34 people, leveling buildings and trapping survivors under the rubble, state TV said. More than 120 people were injured, the government said. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)
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Image: Men stand amid wreckage, after three blasts ripped through Aleppo's main Saadallah al-Jabari Square. Picture released by the government-run Syrian Arab News Agency.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Picture released by the government-run Syrian Arab News Agency. Men stand amid wreckage, after three blasts ripped through Aleppo's main Saadallah al-Jabari Square, and a fourth was reported a few hundred metres away near Bab al-Jinein, October 3, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency SANA. Explosions in government-controlled districts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 70 on Wednesday, Lebanon's Hezbollah-run al-Manar TV reported, quoting a Syrian official source. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 40 people were killed and 90 wounded, citing medical sources. REUTERS/SANA (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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TURKEY OUT Smoke rises from the explosion area after several Syrian shells crashed inside Akcakale town in Turkey, killing at least five people on October 3, 2012, in Sanliurfa. Many others were wounded after shells fired from the Syrian border town of Tall al-Abyad smashed into buildings in the Turkish town of Akcakale in the Sanliurfa province, they said. The incident marks the third time shelling from the Syrian side lands across the border, as fighting continues to rage on between troops loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and the rebels for control of Tall al-Abyad. AFP PHOTO/Rauf Maltas/Anatolian News Agency = TURKEY OUTRAUF MALTAS/ANATOLIA/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: Fighting in Aleppo

epa03419076 Smoke billows over shelled and destroyed buildings in Saif al Dawle district, Aleppo, Syria, 02 October 2012. The Syrian Army has continued its shelling in the city, and has brought in reinforcements to try to put an end to the rebels' resistance. EPA/MAYSUN
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TOPSHOTS A rebel fighter is carried by his friends and layed on a gurney to be treated for gunshot wounds to his chest sustained during heavy battles with government forces in Midan neighborhood, in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 1, 2012, as fighting in Syria's second largest city between rebel forces and government troops continues. AFP PHOTO/ZAC BAILLIEZAC BAILLIE/AFP/GettyImages
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A displaced Syrian woman and her grandson in a refugee camp In the border with Turkey, near Azaz village, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)
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Syrian man cries near the body of his brother, killed by a Syrian Army sniper, near Dar El Shifa Hospital in Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
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A Free Syrian Army fighter holds a rocket-propelled grenade launcher while taking cover after a tank blast in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Syria's unrest began in March 2011 when protests calling for political change met a violent government crackdown. Many in the opposition have since taken up arms as the conflict morphed into a civil war that activists say has killed nearly 30,000 people. Over the past few months, the rebels have increasingly targeted security sites and symbols of regime power in a bid to turn the tide in the fighting.(AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
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A Free Syrian Army soldier, right, looks through a mirror which helps him see Syrian troops from the other side, as he takes his position with his comrade during fighting, at the old city of Aleppo city, Syria, Monday Sept. 24, 2012. Most of those fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad are ordinary Syrians and soldiers who have defected, having become fed up with the authoritarian government, analysts say. But increasingly, foreign fighters and those adhering to an extremist Islamist ideology are turning up on the front lines. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 photo, a wounded woman, still in shock, leaves Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria. Dozens of Syrian civilians were killed on Thursday, four children among them, in artillery shelling by government forces in the northern Syrian town of Aleppo. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)
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TOPSHOTS A Syrian man carrying grocery bags tries to dodge sniper fire as he runs through an alley near a checkpoint manned by the Free Syria Army in the northern city of Aleppo on September 14, 2012. Syrian regime forces used fighter jets and helicopter gunships to pound the city and province of Aleppo, where fierce clashes raged around a military airport, monitors said. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARIMARCO LONGARI/AFP/GettyImages
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TOPSHOTS A woman reacts as she holds her daughter during an air strike by Syrian air force near her house in the Ahad neighbourhood of Aleppo on September 13, 2012. Syrian fighter jets and tanks pounded the northern city of Aleppo, an AFP journalist said, as witnesses reported rebels advancing into the key contested central Midan district. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/SAM TARLINGSAM TARLING/AFP/GettyImages
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A Free Syrian Army Fighter scans for targets from inside a building in the Izaa district in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
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A Syrian man mourns over the body of his brother, Abdullah Alrayzar, 23, during a funeral for four men killed in a government airstrike in Marea, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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Syrians cross a street next to apartments, many of which have been abandoned due to government shelling, in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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A Syrian child stands next to rebel fighters checking a house that was damaged in bombing by government forces in Marea, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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Image: Smoke rises after a Syrian Air Force fighter jet launched missiles at El Edaa district in Aleppo

Smoke rises after a Syrian Air Force fighter jet launched missiles at El Edaa district in Syria's northwestern city of Aleppo September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: Syrian Refugees arrive in Jordan

epa03385264 Syrian refugee children flee violence in their country with their families as they cross into Jordanian territory with their families at Thuniba Village north of the Jordanian capital Amman , at the Syria-Jordan border on 05 September 2012, According to media reports on 04 September 2012, the UN said a record 103,000 Syrians had fled the fighting in August, the highest monthly number since the conflict broke out a year earlier. EPA/STR
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Syrian civilians look at the sky in search of government fighter jets in Al-Bab in the northern province of Aleppo on September 1, 2012. Syrian rebels launched deadly attacks on the military in a campaign increasingly targeting its air power, as President Bashar al-Assad's traditional ally Russia said it was "naive" to expect him not to fight back. AFP PHOTO/ACHILLEAS ZAVALLISACHILLEAS ZAVALLIS/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover after Syrian forces fired a mortar in the El Amreeyeh neighborhood

Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover after Syrian forces fired a mortar in the El Amreeyeh neighborhood of Syria's northwestern city of Aleppo August 30, 2012. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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A Syrian man feeds his daughter while sitting in front of his partly damaged house, in Azaz, on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
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TOPSHOTS A Syrian man shows marks of torture on his back, after he was released from regime forces, in the Bustan Pasha neighbourhood of Syria's northern city of Aleppo on August 23, 2012. State media hailed the recapture by the army of three Christian neighbourhoods in the heart of Aleppo, but clashes between troops and rebel fighters raged in other parts of the city and in the southern belt of Damascus. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO / JAMES LAWLER DUGGANJAMES LAWLER DUGGAN/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: A Free Syrian Army fighter carries the body of a fellow fighter during clashes in Aleppo

A Free Syrian Army fighter carries the body of a fellow fighter during clashes in Aleppo in this August 16, 2012 file photo. When some of the rebels took over a government position a few of their fighters were killed by government forces. Five rebels decided to go on a rescue mission to recover the bodies of their comrades. I went with them. We were literally crawling for 150 meters. They used a long stick, on which they attached a hook to drag the bodies a few meters off the street and into very narrow alleyways. Then carried the bodies through the streets, passing them to one another through the holes in the buildings. The whole process took about 4-5 hours; it was a really long day. The bodies will be sent back to the families. One of the bodies was of the brother of one of the fighters. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE 14 OF 16 FOR PACKAGE 'INSIDE SYRIA WITH THE REBELS'
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A Syrian man reacts as they look for people trapped under the rubble following an air strike in the town of Azaaz, near the northern restive Syrian city of Aleppo, on August 15, 2012. UN investigators said the Syrian regime had committed crimes against humanity, as at least 20 people were reported killed in a major air strike in a rebel bastion in the north. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his sniper rifle from a house in Aleppo

REFILE - CORRECTING HEADLINE A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his sniper rifle from a house in Aleppo August 14, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: A Free Syrian Army fighter helps a woman to run across a street during clashes in Aleppo

A Free Syrian Army fighter helps a woman to run across a street during clashes in Aleppo August 12, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo August 7, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: Residents pray over the bodies of Syrians who they say are opposition activists killed by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad, during a mass funeral along a street in Jdeidet Artouz near Damascus

Residents pray over the bodies of Syrians who they say are opposition activists killed by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, during a mass funeral along a street in Jdeidet Artouz near Damascus August 1, 2012. Picture taken August 1. REUTERS/Hussam Chamy (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: Syrian anti-regime protesters shout slog

Syrian anti-regime protesters shout slogans during a demonstration in the northern city of Aleppo on August 3, 2012. Shells rained down on rebel positions in Aleppo ahead of a UN vote to deplore both the Syrian regime's use of heavy arms and world powers for failing to agree on steps to end the conflict. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLIAHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: A woman walks through rubble from a building destroyed by shelling from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in downtown Aleppo

A woman walks through rubble from a building destroyed by shelling from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in downtown Aleppo August 1, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: Syrian rebels hunt for snipers after att

Syrian rebels hunt for snipers after attacking the municipality building in the city center of Selehattin, near Aleppo, on July 23, 2012, during fights between rebels and Syrian troops. Syrian rebels "liberated" several districts of the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, a Free Syrian Army spokesman in the country's commercial hub said. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: Syrian soldeirs celebrate in the al-Mida

Syrian soldeirs celebrate in the al-Midan area in Damascus on July 20, 2012. Syrian regime forces routed rebel fighters from the Damascus neighbourhood of Midan, Syrian state television reported, saying troops had "cleaned" the district of "terrorists." AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARALOUAI BESHARA/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: General Fahad Jassim al-Freij is sworn in as Defence Minister by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus

General Fahad Jassim al-Freij is sworn in as Defence Minister by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) in Damascus in this handout photo distributed by Syrian News Agency (SANA) July 19, 2012. Syria's state TV said on Thursday new Defence Minister General al-Freij took his oath of office in front of President al-Assad, who has not appeared in public since a bomb attack killed three of his top security officials. REUTERS/SANA/Handout (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Image: Members of the Free Syrian Army chant slogans against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azzaz

Members of the Free Syrian Army chant slogans against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Azzaz, Aleppo province July 17, 2012. Picture taken July 17, 2012. REUTERS/Abdo (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY )
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Image: Two members of the Free Syrian Army hold their weapons as they take defense positions in a house in El Moalimin neighborhood in Homs

Two members of the Free Syrian Army hold their weapons as they take defense positions in a house in El Moalimin neighborhood in Homs July 14, 2012. The Red Cross now views fighting in Syria as an internal armed conflict - a civil war in layman's terms - crossing a threshold experts say can help lay the ground for future prosecutions for war crimes. The independent humanitarian agency had previously classed the violence in Syria as localised civil wars between government forces and armed opposition groups in three flashpoints - Homs, Hama and Idlib. Picture taken July 14, 2012. REUTERS/Yazen Homsy (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: A resident gestures in the Syrian village of Treimsa, where more than 150 people were killed last week

A resident of the Syrian village of Treimsa, where more than 150 people were killed this week, shouts slogans in the village in the central province of Hama on July 13, 2012. A variety of weapons were used in the attack on the Syrian village of Treimsa, with the homes of rebels and activists bearing the brunt, UN observers said. AFP PHOTO/D. LEAL OLIVASD. Leal Olivas/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: TOPSHOTS  A destroyed Syrian forces tank

TOPSHOTS A destroyed Syrian forces tank remains in a damaged street in Atareb in northern Aleppo province on July 2, 2012. The majority of residents in Atareb have fled the town due to heavy fighting between Syrian forces and rebels. The last convoy of Syrian army has reportedly left the town few days ago and residents are slowly returning to claim their possessions and check their homes. AFP PHOTO/LOLO/AFP/GettyImages
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An image grab taken from AFP TV shows a Syrian boy holding a Kalashnikov as he is comforted by a rebel during fighting with government forces at the Crac des Chevaliers near the village of Azzara on the outskirts of the flashpoint city of Homs on June 28, 2012. Protected by the night, Syrian rebels climb on board motorcycles, lights off, on their way to the Crac des Chevaliers, a crusader castle which they are fiercely defending against government forces who continue to attack the area with tanks and artillery. AFP PHOTO/DJILALI BELAIDDJILALI BELAID/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: Members of the Free Syrian Army ride mot

Members of the Free Syrian Army ride motorbikes in the village of Azzara on the outskirts of flashpoint city of Homs on June 28, 2012. The Syrian army kept up its bombardment of rebel neighbourhoods in Homs on July 2, activists said, after 79 people were killed in violence across the country the previous day. AFP PHOTO/DJILALI BELAIDDJILALI BELAID/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: Bbodies of people allegedly killed by government forces in Douma on June 28.

A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network on June 29, 2012, shows bodies of people allegedly killed by government forces in Douma on June 28. AFP PHOTO/HO --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - AFP IS USING PICTURES FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES AS IT WAS NOT AUTHORISED TO COVER THIS EVENT, THEREFORE IT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIGITAL ALTERATIONS TO THE PICTURE'S EDITORIAL CONTENT, DATE AND LOCATION WHICH CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED ----/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: Soldiers from the Free Syrian Army (FSA)

Soldiers from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) detain alleged "shabiha" members identified as Mehsin Mohamed Ahmed and Mohamed Azezz, from Aleppo city, and accuse them of stealing from homes and giving important information to the Syrian regime, in an undisclosed location in the north of Idlib province on June 19, 2012. Accused of the most barbaric massacres since the start of the revolt in Syria, the shabiha are feared militiamen and tools of a regime seeking to dissociate itself from atrocities, experts and activists say. AFP PHOTO / STRLO/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: Massacre of Syrian children

June 08, 2012 - Al Qusayr, Homs, Syria: Doctor Kasim treats and comforts the wounded children ages 2-6 who are being treating inside the local field hospital. Six wounded children were treated in the field hospital after the Syrian Army attacked the village of Almouh with heavy artillery and tank fire. The volunteer doctors and nurses of this and many other field hospitals face arrested, torture, and certain death if they are captured by the Syrian regime. These doctors are labeled as terrorist by the Syrian regime for honoring their Hippocratic oath and must work under harsh conditions with little medical supplies that must be smuggled into the city from Lebanon. Despite these odds the doctors are able to see over 100 patients per day and conduct life saving operations daily. (Robert King / Polaris)
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Image: Journalist dies during attack in Homs

May 31, 2012 - Al Qusayr, Homs, Syria: Members of the media center morn the loss of their camera man Abdalh Ameed Matar, who was killed in today's attack. Today the Syrian army launched a full scale attack on the city. Hundreds of rockets and many wounded and dead were treated inside a mobile field hospital clinic located in a city under siege. Two to three rockets hit the field hospital wounding a few medical volunteers. Despite the threat of being killed by mortar or rocket fire these volunteer doctors and nurses face arrested, torture, and certain death if they are captured by the Syrian regime. These doctors and nurses work under harsh conditions with little medical supplies that are smuggled into the city from Lebanon. Despite these odds the doctors and nurses are able to see over 100 patients per day and conduct life saving operations daily. (Robert King / Polaris)
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A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network on May 16, 2012 shows a group of Syrian soldiers announcing their defection to the opposition in Idlib, northwest of Syria. The United States is helping bring more and better weapons to Syria's rebels, including anti-tank weaponry, for their fight against President Bashar al-Assad regime, The Washington Post reported. AFP PHOTO / HO / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / SHAAM NEWS NETWORK" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - AFP IS USING PICTURES FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES AS IT WAS NOT AUTHORISED TO COVER THIS EVENT, THEREFORE IT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIGITAL ALTERATIONS TO THE PICTURE'S EDITORIAL CONTENT, DATE AND LOCATION WHICH CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED ==HO/AFP/GettyImages
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TOPSHOTS - GRAPHIC CONTENT A handout picture from the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian men carrying away a corpse at the site of twin blasts in Damascus on May 10, 2012. Two powerful blasts in quick succession rocked the Syrian capital at morning rush hour, killing and wounding dozens of people, state television said, blaming the attacks on "terrorists." AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==-/-/AFP/GettyImages
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Image: Funeral of Syrian policemen

epa03204013 A handout photo released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian policemen carrying coffins of their comrades, during a funeral procession, in Damascus, Syria, 02 May 2012. Media reports state that at least 23 people, including 21 soldiers, were killed on 02 May in clashes between opposition rebels and Syrian troops, according to opposition activists, as a United Nations-backed peace plan looked increasingly doomed. EPA/SANA/HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
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This citizen journalist image obtained by the Associated Press on Friday, April 6, 2012. purportedly shows a mass burial of people allegedly killed in recent shelling in Taftnaz, Syria. (AP Photo) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT, DATE, LOCATION OR AUTHENTICITY OF THIS MATERIAL
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Image: Syrian civilians killed by army

EXCLUSIVE: April 5, 2012 - Taftanaz, Idlib, Syria: During a temporary cease fire the Syrian Army allowed local villagers to collect and identify their dead. Hundreds of bodies were inside a local Mosque that was also destroyed during the two day siege. Assad's Army has increased their attacks on rebellious villages with attack helicopters, T72 tanks, and heavy artillery despite agreeing to honor the six-point peace plan established by the United Nations. (Robert King/Polaris)
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Image: Syrian civilians killed by army

EXCLUSIVE: April 5, 2012 - Taftanaz, Idlib, Syria: During a temporary cease fire the Syrian Army allowed local villagers to collect and identify their dead. Hundreds of bodies were inside a local Mosque that was also destroyed during the two day siege. Assad's Army has increased their attacks on rebellious villages with attack helicopters, T72 tanks, and heavy artillery despite agreeing to honor the 6 point peace plane established by the United Nations. (Robert King/Polaris)
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A defected Syrian soldier, now a member of the Free Syrian Army, displays a homemade nail bomb at a mountain outpost near the village of Janudieh in the northern province of Idlib on March 18, 2012. The head of the rebel Free Syrian Army, Riad al-Asaad, announced on March 24 the formation of a military council grouping all rebel chiefs, including Syria's most senior army deserter General Mustafa al-Sheikh. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Image: Syrian refugees walk across a feild on the Syrian side of the border before crossing into Turkey

Syrian refugees walk across a feild on the Syrian side of the border before crossing into Turkey at Reyhanli in Antakya, on March 14, 2012. International mediator Kofi Annan called for an immediate halt to the killing of civilians in Syria as he arrived in Turkey for talks on the crisis. Activists said that the Syrian army launched a new assault in the restive northern province of Idlib and the city itself, where residents are suffering "indescribable" humanitarian conditions. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
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Armed Syrian men, members of the rebel Free Syrian Army, gather in a mountainous area of the restive Idlib province in northwestern Syria on March 13, 2012. Some 100 fighters are gathered in this region, another hotspot of rebel operations against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. AFP PHOTO/RICARDO GARCIA VILANOVA (Photo credit should read Ricardo Garcia Vilanova/AFP/Getty Images)
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Free Syrian Army fighters are seen amid smoke from tank shelling in Idlib. At least four rebels were killed and several were injured when the tank shell landed.
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In this Saturday, March 10, 2012 photo, Aida cries as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian Army shelled her house in Idlib, north Syria. Aida's husband and two of her children were killed after their home was shelled. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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Free Syrian Army supporters chant anti government slogans under snowfall on the outskirts of Idlib , north Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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epa03155726 (FILE) A file handout picture dated 26 February 2012 released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), shows Syrian president Bashar al-Assad accompanied by his wife Asma (L), posing for a photograph while casting his vote, during the referendum on a new constitution, at a polling station, in Damascus, Syria. According to media reports on 23 March 2012, EU foreign ministers will freeze the assets and impose a travel ban on British-born Asma al-Assad. EPA/SANA / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
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Image: Black smoke in syria

Black smoke is seen from Homs refinery on February 15, 2012 as an explosion hit a major oil pipeline feeding a refinery in the flashpoint city, sending a large plume of smoke rising into the sky, witnesses said. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA --RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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Image: Syrians flee the city of Idlib

Civilians flee from fighting after Syrian army tanks enter the northwestern city of Idlib, Syria, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Syrian government forces renewed their assault on the rebellious city of Homs on Tuesday in what activists described as the heaviest shelling in days, as the U.N. human rights chief raised fears of civil war. (AP Photo)
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Syrian government supporters carry a massive national flag as they attend a pro-regime rally in Damascus on January 26, 2012 . AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)
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