In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 photo, Syrian rebels clean an anti-aircraft gun, while commanders Ahmed Abdel Kader Samia, second right, and Rami Bitar, center, talk at their headquarters in Maaret Ikhwan, Syria. The new Syrian rebel chief, a defected army general who spent months in exile, says he has begun operating inside Syria to unite autonomous anti-regime militias for what he hopes will be the final push against President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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