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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Mikhail Bogdanov
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Bogdanov also said Russia will receive a delegation from the National Coordination Committee, a Syrian opposition group.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Thursday that Mr. Annan will visit Moscow in the coming days.