In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens gather in front of a damaged building destroyed by a car bomb in Qatana, (25) kilometers (15 miles) southwest of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. A bomb blast near a school in a Damascus suburb killed more than a dozen people, at least half of them women and children, the state news agency reported. Russia, Syria's most important international ally, said for the first time that President Bashar Assad is increasingly losing control and the opposition may win the civil war. (AP Photo/SANA)
Syria’s most powerful ally, Russia, said President Bashar al-Assad is losing control of his country and the country’s armed rebels might win the civil war. This is the first time Moscow has acknowledged the regime is cracking under the force of a powerful rebellion.