Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has fled Damascus following a bombing that killed three of his top security chiefs, opposition sources said Thursday. Assad reportedly plans to direct his regime's response to the bombing from the safety of a palace in the coastal stronghold of his ruling Alawite minority. The Obama administration says Assad appears to be losing control as the Free Syrian Army continues an offensive on the heart of the regime's power in the capital. The whereabouts of Assad's wife, Asma, remained unknown, but she was rumored to have fled to Russia.
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