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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 file photo, Syrians watch a televised broadcast of Syrian President Bashar Assad deliver a speech at Damascus University, at a restaurant in old Damascus, Syria. Wealthy Syrians say the violence from the 19-month civil war has pommeled their businesses, but the squeeze from a complex array of sanctions is the noose slowly strangling their country's buckling economy. They warn that if their companies tank, thousands of employees may find themselves out of work and dragged into the fighting. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 file photo, Syrians watch a televised broadcast of Syrian President Bashar Assad deliver a speech at Damascus University, at a restaurant in old Damascus, Syria. Wealthy Syrians say the violence from the 19-month civil war has pommeled their businesses, but the squeeze from a complex array of sanctions is the noose slowly strangling their country's buckling economy.  They warn that if their companies tank, thousands of employees may find themselves out of work and dragged into the fighting. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 file photo, Syrians watch a televised broadcast of Syrian President Bashar Assad deliver a speech at Damascus University, at a restaurant in old Damascus, Syria. Wealthy Syrians say the violence from the 19-month civil war has pommeled their businesses, but the squeeze from a complex array of sanctions is the noose slowly strangling their country's buckling economy. They warn that if their companies tank, thousands of employees may find themselves out of work and dragged into the fighting. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)
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