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Topic - Marina Ottaway
Russia, which has provided military and political support key to the Syrian regime, acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that President Bashar Assad is losing control and the rebels may win the civil war that has dragged on for 21 months and claimed an estimated 40,000 lives.
The election of Egypt's first Islamist president poses a challenge for the Obama administration, which is grappling with the reality of embracing a leader whose worldview often has been at odds with Washington.
"There is no doubt that the U.S. policy helped create a vacuum in which the only effective forces were the radical forces," Ottaway said Tuesday.
But Marina Ottaway, a Middle East analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, warned: "There is a real danger that the international community is backing a [rebel group] that does not have much acceptance inside Syria."