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Syrian Vice President Predicts Stalemate for His Country‚Äôs Civil War

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Syria’s vice president says his country’s civil war is destined for stalemate with neither the rebels nor the government being able to prevail.

In an interview with the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, Vice President Farouk al-Sharaaa declared, “The opposition forces combined cannot decide the battle militarily.  Meanwhile, what the security forces and the army units are doing will not reach a conclusive end.”

Al-Sharaa said neither the army of President Bashar al-Assad nor the opposition can claim to be the “sole legitimate representation of the Syrian people.”

“With each passing day, the military and political solutions get further away,” al-Sharaa said.  “The way events are heading will lead to an uncomfortable place where things will definitely go from bad to worse.”

He called for a “historic settlement” that would include Syria’s neighbors and the United Nations Security Council.

Al-Sharaa has influence.   He has also served as Syria’s foreign minister under al-Assad and his late father, Hafez, for more than 20 years.

Meanwhile, Syrian fighter jets bombed a Palestinian camp in the southern part of Damascus on Sunday.  The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes killed eight civilians.  The group also said that more than 40 Syrian rebels and government soldiers were killed in fighting near the Syrian military academy outside Aleppo.

Some 40,000 Syrians have been killed since an uprising against Assad’s regime began 21 months ago.

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Mystery of Missing Syrian Vice President Is Over

LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- For nearly a week, there was speculation that another high-ranking member of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Cabinet had flown the coop.

With a number of officials having defected to the rebel cause, mostly by fleeing to neighboring Jordan, talk grew that Vice President Farouk Al-Sharaa had done the same.

Al-Sharaa did not appear with the president a week ago Sunday at a Damascus mosque to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, adding more fuel to the rumors since the Cabinet member was last spotted at a funeral on July 18.

Adding to the confusion were claims by the rebels that Al-Sharaa was seen in Jordan to join their side.

Finally, there was an Al-Sharaa sighting on Sunday but it happened in Damascus.  His appearance with a senior Iranian official has ended for now any assumptions about who his loyalties are with.

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