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Russia says rebels may win, jihadists claim Damascus bomb

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Moscow acknowledged that the Syrian regime, its longtime ally, might lose its battle with Arab- and Western-backed rebels, 21 months into a conflict that has cost tens of thousands of lives. 

A Syrian boy carries a piece of metal next to a crater where a Scud missile hit in the town of Nasiriyeh on December 13, 2012. Moscow has acknowledged that the Syrian regime, its longtime ally, might lose its battle with Arab- and Western-backed rebels, 21 months into a conflict that has cost tens of thousands of lives.

The United States welcomed the apparent shift in Russia's stand, saying it appeared Moscow was "finally waking up to the reality" that the regime was on its way out.

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