FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, Syrian Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Hassan Turkmani, left, and Ali Habib, the Syrian Chief of Staff, during a ... more 
FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, Syrian Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Hassan Turkmani, left, and Ali Habib, the Syrian Chief of Staff, during a visit to the tomb of the unknown soldier in Damascus to mark the 32nd anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war known as the October war. A bomb ripped through a high-level security meeting Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in Damascus, killing three top regime officials — including President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law — in the harshest blow to Syria's ruling family dynasty and the rebels' boldest attack in the country's civil war. An authority with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Hassan Turkmani, a former defense minister, also was killed. (AP Photo/SANA, File) less 
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