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Syria says rebels would take years to match army's strength

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on June 24, 2013, shows Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem speaking during a televised press conference in the capital Damascus. Muallem said a decision by backers of the Syrian revolt against President Bashar al-Assad to step up assistance to the rebels will only prolong the country's bloody war. AFP PHOTO / SANA /HO == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SANA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS -

 

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