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For the first time since the war in Syria began, Bashar Al Assad's strongest ally is suggesting that rebel fighters may prevail.
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister has said the Syrian government is losing control of more territory. And he added that preparations are underway to evacuate Russian citizens IF it becomes necessary.
His comments were immediately welcomed by the US State Department.
The comments come as at least 16 people are killed in a car bomb blast southwest of the capital, Damascus. Robin Forrestier-Walker has more from Moscow.