FILE - In this Sunday, June 17, 2012 file photo, protesters chant slogans against the Syrian regime and Russia's support of President Bashar Assad as they hold a burned banner depicting Assad, right, and his brother, Maher Assad, left, in the southern port city of Sidon, in Lebanon. 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/Mohammed Zaatari, File)

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FILE - In this Sunday, June 17, 2012 file photo, protesters chant slogans against the Syrian regime and Russia's support of President Bashar Assad as they hold a burned banner depicting Assad, right, and his brother, Maher Assad, left, in the southern port city of Sidon, in Lebanon. 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/Mohammed Zaatari, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, June 17, 2012 file photo, protesters chant slogans against the Syrian regime and Russia's support of President Bashar Assad as they hold a burned banner depicting Assad, right, and his brother, Maher Assad, left, in the southern port city of Sidon, in Lebanon. 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/Mohammed Zaatari, File)
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