In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens gather in front of a damaged building destroyed by a car bomb Thursday in Qatana,15 miles southwest of Damascus. A bomb blast near a school in a Damascus suburb killed more than a dozen people, at least half of them women and children, the state news agency reported. Russia, Syria's most important international ally, said for the first time that President Bashar Assad is increasingly losing control and the opposition may win the civil war.
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens gather in front of a damaged building destroyed by a car bomb Thursday in Qatana,15 miles southwest of Damascus. A bomb blast near a school in a Damascus suburb killed more than a dozen people, at least half of them women and children, the state news agency reported. Russia, Syria's most important international ally, said for the first time that President Bashar Assad is increasingly losing control and the opposition may win the civil war.
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published Thursday, December 13th, 2012
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BEIRUT — Syria’s most powerful ally and protector, Russia, began positioning itself Thursday for the fall of President Bashar Assad, saying for the first time that rebels might overthrow him and preparing to evacuate thousands of Russian citizens from the country.

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