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Syria says rebels would take years to match army's strength
June 24, 2013 / 11:15 AM / 4 years ago

Syria says rebels would take years to match army's strength

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday rebel fighters had little prospect of matching the power of President Bashar al-Assad’s army despite Western and Arab pledges to send them weapons.

“If they expect or fantasize that they can create a balance of power, I think they will need to wait years for that to happen,” Moualem told a televised news conference in the Syrian capital Damascus, monitored in Beirut.

Reporting by Erika Solomon; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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