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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:18 AM

Russia sends warships to Syria for possible evacuation

Source: Reuters

Russia sent warships to the Mediterranean to prepare a potential evacuation of its citizens from Syria, a Russian news agency said on Tuesday, a sign President Bashar al-Assad's key ally is worried about rebel advances that now threaten even the capital.

Moscow acted a day after insurgents waging a 21-month-old uprising obtained a possible springboard for a thrust into Damascus by seizing the Yarmouk Palestinian camp just 2 miles from the heart of the city, activists said.

The anti-Assad opposition has posted significant military and diplomatic gains in recent weeks, capturing a series of army installations across Syria and securing formal recognition from Western and Arab states for its new coalition.

Assad's pivotal allies have largely stood behind him. But Russia, his main arms supplier, appeared to waver this week with contradictory statements repeating opposition to Assad stepping down and airing concerns about a possible rebel victory.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121218

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julian09 Dec 2012 #1

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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 11:51 AM

1. I hope the Syrian rebels realize that the Russians were for Assad up til the end and supplied


their oppressors with the means to try and defeat their cause for freedom from oppression.

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