Middle East

Syrian regime 'approaching collapse': NATO head

A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon towards a Syrian military warplane (not pictured), in Aleppo's al-Amereya district December 12, 2012. Picture taken December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Saleh Anadani (SYRIA - Tags: CONFLICT MILITARY)

BRUSSELS: The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is approaching collapse and should immediately take steps to begin talks on a political transition, NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday.

"I think the regime in Damascus is approaching collapse ... it is only a question of time," Rasmussen said, adding that Assad should "initiate a process to accomodate the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people."



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