In this photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad performs Eid prayers in the Hamad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. Assad prayed early on Sunday at the start of Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The last time he appeared in public was on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, when he gave a speech in parliament. (AP Photo/SANA)

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In this photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad performs Eid prayers in the Hamad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. Assad prayed early on Sunday at the start of Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The last time he appeared in public was on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, when he gave a speech in parliament. (AP Photo/SANA)
In this photo provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad performs Eid prayers in the Hamad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. Assad prayed early on Sunday at the start of Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The last time he appeared in public was on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, when he gave a speech in parliament. (AP Photo/SANA)
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