German defense minister predicts victory for rebels in Syria
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German defense minister predicts victory for rebels in Syria

Foreign military intervention remains 'absolutely not up for debate,' Thomas de Maiziere tells newspaper

In this Monday, December 17, 2012 photo, Syrian rebels listen to their trainer teaching them how to use the RPG in Maaret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria (photo credit: AP/Mohammed Muheisen)
In this Monday, December 17, 2012 photo, Syrian rebels listen to their trainer teaching them how to use the RPG in Maaret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria (photo credit: AP/Mohammed Muheisen)

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s defense minister believes rebel forces will achieve victory in Syria soon.

Thomas de Maiziere told mass-circulation daily Bild that “there are signs that the opposition will soon achieve a military victory against the regime.”

The interview to be published Saturday also cited him as saying that a foreign military intervention remains “absolutely not up for debate.”

A defense ministry spokesman confirmed Friday the minister’s comments but declined to elaborate on the basis for de Maiziere’s assessment of the military situation in Syria.

Spokesman Withold Pieta said “the statement speaks for itself.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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