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    NATO chief says Syria regime near collapse

    Syria bomb fighting
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    Fighting in Syria has claimed approximately 40,000 lives. Above, damage from a car bomb in Qatana, near the capital of Damascus.
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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.