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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2008 file photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Nawaf  Fares, left, is sworn in as Syria's first ambassador to Iraq in 26 years before Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem in Damascus. Fares has defected and will seek asylum in Turkey, the most senior diplomat to abandon the regime since the uprising against Assad began 16 months ago, a Syrian opposition figure said Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

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