02:21 - Source: CNN
Is Syria using Scud missiles?

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Rights group urges rebels to abide by international accords amid report of "horrible abuses"

Collapse of Syrian regime appears inevitable, NATO chief says

Syria's apparent use of Scud missiles is "reckless," Anders Fogh Rasmussen says

Opposition group calls for rebels to protect religious, cultural sites

CNN —  

Defeat could be near for Syria’s embattled regime, NATO and Syrian ally Russia said Thursday.

“I think now it’s only a question of time,” NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Brussels, Belgium, where he and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the deployment of two Patriot air-defense batteries to Turkey’s border with Syria.

The al-Assad government is “approaching collapse,” Rasmussen said. “I urge the regime to stop violence, to realize what is the actual situation and initiate a process that leads to the accommodation of the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov offered a similar view from Moscow, noting what he said were rebel reports that victory was imminent.

“We need to look the facts in the eye,” the state-run RIA Novosti news service quoted Bogdanov as saying. “Unfortunately, we can’t exclude a victory by the opposition.”