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  • ** FILE ** Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (from left), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov meet in Moscow on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (AP Photo, Pool)

    Russia backtracks on statement about Assad's fall

    Russia's attempt to backpedal after a top diplomat said Syrian President Bashar Assad is losing control of his country reflects the dilemma Moscow faces as opposition fighters gain ground.

  • ** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech on Sunday, June 3, 2012, at the parliament in Damascus, Syria. (Associated Press/SANA)

    Russia says Assad losing control, rebels could win

    Syria's most powerful ally, Russia, said Thursday that President Bashar Assad is losing control of his country and the rebels might win the civil war, the first time Moscow has acknowledged the regime is cracking under the force of a powerful rebellion.

  • Kurdish members of the Free Syria Army ride on a tank stolen from the Syrian army in Fafeen village, north of Aleppo, in Syria on Wednesday. The rebels have made significant gains on the ground in Damascus, Deir al-Zour and Aleppo, where they have overrun military bases. (Associated Press)

    Russia says Assad is losing control

    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.

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