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McCain says Syrian rebels are being ‘massacred’

Senator warns conflict could envelop region

NEW YORK — Senator John McCain, back from a surprise trip to Syria, offered his bleakest assessment yet of the hostilities there, saying on Sunday that opposition fighters were being “massacred” and that President Bashar Assad was beginning to tighten his grip on power.

“Remember all this talk we’ve heard for the last year or two — it’s inevitable that Bashar Assad will fall?” Mc­Cain, a Republican from Arizona, asked during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Well, I think we can’t make that statement today.”

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