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.”

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