FILE -In this April 24, 2011 file photo taken with a mobile phone, through a car windscreen, showing Syrian army soldiers at a check point, in Damascus, Syria. As rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad edge closer toward the Syrian capital, ushering in what many say could eventually be the final and most brutal episode of the 20-month-old civil war, Damascus residents are bracing for more hardship. (AP Photo,File)

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FILE -In this April 24, 2011 file photo taken with a mobile phone, through a car windscreen, showing Syrian army soldiers at a check point, in Damascus, Syria. As rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad edge closer toward  the Syrian capital, ushering in what many say could eventually be the final and most brutal episode of the 20-month-old civil war, Damascus residents are bracing for more hardship. (AP Photo,File)
FILE -In this April 24, 2011 file photo taken with a mobile phone, through a car windscreen, showing Syrian army soldiers at a check point, in Damascus, Syria. As rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad edge closer toward the Syrian capital, ushering in what many say could eventually be the final and most brutal episode of the 20-month-old civil war, Damascus residents are bracing for more hardship. (AP Photo,File)
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