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  • In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, a Free Syrian Army soldier, holds up statue for the late Syrian President Hafez Assad which is attached to a shoe, at the old city of Aleppo, Syria.

    He still has thousands of loyal troops and a monopoly on air power; aiding him as well are a moribund diplomatic process and a rising Islamic extremist presence among the rebels.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 14, 2012, 5:07 PM EST