A top Russian official conceded on Thursday that the Syrian government is “losing control” in the spiraling civil war—a sign that one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s closest allies may be pulling back. “Unfortunately, we cannot rule out the victory of the Syrian opposition,” said Mikhail Bogdanov, a deputy foreign minister. Meanwhile, Lebanon state news reported Thursday that 16 people had been killed and more than 25 wounded in a car bomb attack in the Damascus suburb of Qatana. At least seven of dead were reportedly children.
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