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Russia welcomes any offer of safe haven for al-Assad

CRACKED ALLIANCE?Russia appears to be distancing itself from the Syrian regime. The regime has reportedly gathered its chemical weapons to keep them from rebels

AP, BEIRUT

“You should perform your duty by evicting Assad’s gangs,” said Abdul-Fidaa, who wore an Islamic headband and was surrounded by gunmen. “Otherwise, our warriors will storm the hideouts of the Assad gangs.”

He also accused regime forces of taking positions in the two towns to “incite sectarian strife” between Christians and the predominantly Sunni opposition. Al-Assad belongs to the Alawite minority sect, an off-shoot of Shiite Islam.

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