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FILE - In this May 1, 2011 file photo made on a mobile phone through a car window, two Syrian soldiers and an armed man in civilian clothes stand at a checkpoint in Damascus, Syria. As rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad edge closer toward the Syrian capital, ushering in what many say could eventually be the final and most brutal episode of the 20-month-old civil war, Damascus residents are bracing for more hardship.