NATO: Syrian regime "approaching collapse"

Associated Press
In this  Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, damages after an explosion hit the main gate of the Syrian Interior Ministry in Damascus, Syria. Three bombs collapsed walls in the Syrian Interior Ministry building Wednesday in Damascus, killing several, as rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad edged closer to the capital, the symbol of his power. (AP Photo/SANA)

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BEIRUT (AP) — NATO's top official says he thinks Syria President Bashar Assad's regime is on the brink of collapse.

Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the regime's collapse is "only a matter of time."

He confirmed earlier reports that NATO had detected Syrian forces launching short-range missiles at opposition forces within Syria, saying this illustrated the "utter disregard" for the lives of the Syrian people.

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