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A Syrian rebel takes his position as he points his gun during a battle with the Syrian government forces, at Rastan area in Homs province, central Syria, on Tuesday Jan. 31, 2012. Syrian troops crushed pockets of rebel soldiers Tuesday on the outskirts of Damascus, fueling some of the bloodiest fighting of the 10-month-old uprising, as Western diplomats tried to overcome Russia’s rejection of a draft U.N. resolution demanding President Bashar Assad halt the violence and yield power. (AP Photo)

A Syrian rebel takes his position as he points his gun during a battle with the Syrian government forces, at Rastan area in Homs province, central Syria, on Tuesday Jan. 31, 2012. Syrian troops crushed pockets of rebel soldiers Tuesday on the outskirts of Damascus, fueling some of the bloodiest fighting of the 10-month-old uprising, as Western diplomats tried to overcome Russia’s rejection of a draft U.N. resolution demanding President Bashar Assad halt the violence and yield power. (AP Photo)