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Syrian PM who defected says Assad regime near collapse
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has killed thousands in its crackdown on a pro-democracy uprising that began nearly two years ago.
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has killed thousands in its crackdown on a pro-democracy uprising that began nearly two years ago.
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iad Hijab, the Syrian Prime Minister who defected from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad (pictured) last week, said Tuesday that Assad's government is near collapse, and urged other leaders to join the rebel side. Hijab, who spoke at a news conference in Jordan (his first public statement since his defection), said he felt "pain in his soul" over the regime's shelling of rebel strongholds as the government stepped up its military offensive. His declaration came after rebels claimed to have downed a government fighter jet.

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