Syrian rebels are gaining ground and might win, Russia’s Middle East envoy said on Thursday, in the starkest such admission from a major ally of President Bashar al-Assad in 20 months of conflict.
"One must look the facts in the face," Russia’s state-run RIA quoted Mikhail Bogdanov as saying. "Unfortunately, the victory of the Syrian opposition cannot be ruled out."
To be clear, the Russian government remains firmly opposed to the idea of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad losing control of the country, but even his staunchest allies are beginning to see the writing on the wall. We suspect the fighting is still far from over, but doubt many outside of the most devout Assad supporters continue to believe he will be president when the fighting ends.
December 13, 2012 // 14:34 // 12 months ago