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A Syrian woman shows a ballot paper bearing the portraits of the three presidential candidates (LtoR): Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar, Hassan Abdallah al-Nuri and President Bashar al-Assad on June 3, 2014 during the presidential election at a polling station in central Damascus. Voting offices opened in Syrian regime-held areas for a presidential election that al-Assad is certain to win, and that has been slammed as a "farce" by the opposition.

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A Syrian woman holds a ballot paper showing the portraits of the three presidential candidates (LtoR): Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar, Hassan Abdallah al-Nuri and President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday during the presidential election at a polling station in central Damascus

Khaled al-Hariri A man takes a photo of his friend in front of a poster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Umayyad Square in Damascus...A man takes a photo of his friend in front of a poster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Umayyad Square in Damascus May 16, 2014. Syria is holding a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power, days after he said the civil war was turning in his favour. Opponents have dismissed the vote as a farce.   REUTERS/(SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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A man takes a photo of his friend in front of a poster of Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad at Umayyad Square in Damascus Read more

Syrians wave flags and placards bearing ...Syrians wave flags and placards bearing portraits President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting gathering workers to support his candidacy in upcoming presidential elections on May 13, 2014 in the capital Damscus. The campaign for Syria's elections that started this week, has become a tribute to incumbent Bashar al-Assad, and in the streets of Damascus, residents have little doubt who will win the June poll. AFP PHOTO/ LOUAI BESHARALOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images

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Syrians wave flags and placards bearing portraits President Bashar al-Assad during a workers’ rally to support his candidacy in upcoming presidential elections in the capital Damascus Read more

Rebel fighter gestures as he runs across street in Mleha suburb of Damascus, during what rebel fighters said was offensive against them by forces loyal to President al-Assad

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A rebel fighter gestures as he runs across a street in the Mleha suburb of Damascus, during what opposition milita said was an offensive against them by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad

Residents receive food aid at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus, March 18, 2014, in this handout released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters

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Residents receive food aid at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus in this handout released by Syria‘s national news agency SANA. Read more

Islamist fighters demonstrate with their weapons during their graduation ceremony at a camp in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus...Islamist fighters demonstrate with their weapons during their graduation ceremony at a camp in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 28, 2013. The newly graduated fighters, who went through military training, will operate under the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham brigade. Picture taken November 28. REUTERS/Diaa Al-Din

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Islamist fighters show off their weapons skills at a graduation ceremony at a military training camp in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria. The fighters will operate under the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham brigade. Read more

Boys search for belongings amongst rubble at a site hit by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus...Boys search for belongings amongst rubble at a site hit by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus September 4, 2013. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

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Boys search for belongings among the rubble at a site hit by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad, president of Syria, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Read more

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY RANA MOUSSAOUI S...TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY RANA MOUSSAOUI Syrians feed pigeons at a square in Damascus on September 3, 2013. Damascus residents come to relax and experience a bit of human warmth and normalcy at public gardens, just a few kilometres (miles) from battles between regime forces and rebels. AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARALOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images

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Syrians feed pigeons at a square in Damascus on Tuesday. Damascus residents come to relax and experience a bit of human warmth and normalcy at public gardens, just a few kilometres from battles between regime forces and rebels. Read more

A Syrian military soldier holds his Ak-47 with a sticker of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, "Syria is fine," as he stands guard at a check point on Baghdad street, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Syrian opposition groups claimed scores have died on Wednesday in a government offensive near Damascus, attacks in which some activists say regime troops used "poisonous gas." The government denied the reports.

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A Syrian military soldier holds his Ak-47 rifle bearing a sticker with the smiling face of Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president, and Arabic writing that reads, “Syria is fine”, as he stands guard at a check point on a Baghdad street in Damascus, Syria. Opposition groups claimed scores died on Wednesday in a government offensive near Damascus, attacks in which some activists say regime troops used “poisonous gas”. The government has denied the reports

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Free Syrian Army fighters pose for a picture in Jobar, Damascus, Syria Read more