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December 13, 2012 9:40 am

Russian Envoy Says Assad is Losing Grip on Syria

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: wiki commons.

New York Times – MOSCOW — Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia‘s top envoy for the Middle East, said on Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad’s government was losing control of the country and might be defeated by rebel forces.

“Unfortunately, it is impossible to exclude a victory of the Syrian opposition,” Mr. Bogdanov said — the clearest indication to date that Russiabelieved Mr. Assad, a longtime strategic ally, could lose in a widening civil war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

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