As 2012 comes to a close, cracks were appearing in the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad with his vice president saying neither side in the civil war can win outright amid the specter of possible chemical warfare and reports the beleaguered leader is positioning himself and his family to flee Damascus for a last stand in his ancestral home of Qardaha.
Palestinians gather around a cow, two days before Eid al-Adha in Rafah in southern Gaza on December 17 2007. The Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, falls on the tenth day of Dalhijjah, the final month of the Muslim year. As the holiday approaches, Muslims buy sheep, goats, cows, and camels to be slaughtered. (UPI Photo/Ismael Mohamad)
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