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Russia: Syria’s Assad could be defeated by rebels

The Washington Post, 13 December 2012
Publié le : 13 décembre 2012
 Michael Birnbaum and Babak Dehghanpisheh 
MOSCOW — Russia acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that Syrian rebels are gaining in their effort to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and a top diplomat said Moscow is bracing for the possibility that its longtime ally could lose the bloody civil war that has dragged on for nearly two years.

There was no sign that Russia — Syria’s most powerful patron — would join other foreign nations, including the United States, in supporting the opposition or pressuring Assad to step down.

But after nearly two years in which Russia has sheltered Assad from U.N. condemnation and other attempts to force him out, the statement from Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov was an indication that even the Syrian government’s strongest allies are reckoning with military and diplomatic gains that rebel forces have made in recent weeks.

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