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In this Friday, April 12, 2013 photo, members of the Lebanese pro-Syrian Popular Committees pose for a photograph at the Lebanon-Syria border, near the northeastern Lebanese town of al-Qasr, Lebanon. Masked men in camouflage toting Kalashnikov rifles fan out through a dusty olive orchard, part of a group of Hezbollah-backed fighters from Lebanon who are patrolling both sides of a porous border stretch with Syria. The gunmen say their mission to protect Shiites in both countries and counter what they see as a growing threat from Sunni rebels in Syria. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)