Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Bin Jassim Al-Thani gives a lecture in Singapore October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Outside powers need to act fast to protect Syrians because foreign military backing for the government is "changing the equation" of the war, Qatar's foreign minister said on Wednesday.For 14 days, a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive has been underway to capture eastern Aleppo and crush the last urban stronghold of a revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad that began in 2011 .The collapse of the latest Syria ceasefire has heightened the possibility that Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and Qatar -- backers of Syrian rebels -- might arm the opposition with shoulder-fired missiles to defend themselves against Syrian and Russian warplanes, U.S. officials have said.
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