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A national flag hangs on a statue of Syria's late president Hafez al-Assad at the entrance of the flashpoint city of Homs, 160 kms northeast of Damascus, on August 30, 2011, as rights activists reported widespread anti-regime protests across Syria on the first day of the feast marking the end of Ramadan with massive security deployments in the central province of Homs and gunfire near the citadel of the city. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

A national flag hangs on a statue of Syria's late president Hafez al-Assad at the entrance of the flashpoint city of Homs, 160 kms northeast of Damascus, on August 30, 2011, as rights activists reported widespread anti-regime protests across Syria on the first day of the feast marking the end of Ramadan with massive security deployments in the central province of Homs and gunfire near the citadel of the city.  AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)