FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, a Free Syrian Army soldier, holds up statue for the late Syrian President Hafez Assad which is attached to a shoe, at the old city of Aleppo, Syria. With even his most powerful ally, Russia, losing faith in him, President Bashar Assad may appear to be heading for a last stand against rebel forces who have been waging a ferocious battle to overthrow him for nearly two years. But Assad still has thousands of elite and loyal troops behind him, and analysts say that even if he wanted to give up the fight, it's unclear those around him would let him abandon ship and leave them to an uncertain fate. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, a Free Syrian Army soldier, holds up statue for the late Syrian President Hafez Assad which is attached to a shoe, at the old city of Aleppo, Syria. With even his most powerful ally, Russia, losing faith in him, President Bashar Assad may appear to be heading for a last stand against rebel forces who have been waging a ferocious battle to overthrow him for nearly two years. But Assad still has thousands of elite and loyal troops behind him, and analysts say that even if he wanted to give up the fight, it's unclear those around him would let him abandon ship and leave them to an uncertain fate. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, a Free Syrian Army soldier, holds up statue for the late Syrian President Hafez Assad which is attached to a shoe, at the old city of Aleppo, Syria. With even his most powerful ally, Russia, losing faith in him, President Bashar Assad may appear to be heading for a last stand against rebel forces who have been waging a ferocious battle to overthrow him for nearly two years. But Assad still has thousands of elite and loyal troops behind him, and analysts say that even if he wanted to give up the fight, it's unclear those around him would let him abandon ship and leave them to an uncertain fate. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
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