Even amid uproar over alleged chemical attack, Syria regime seems confident it has upper hand

  • Article by: LEE KEATH , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 24, 2013 - 8:07 PM

DAMASCUS, Syria — The signs would seem bad for President Bashar Assad. Blasts echo all day long over the Syrian capital as troops battle rebels entrenched on its eastern doorstep. The government admits the economy is devastated. Allegations of a horrific chemical attack have given new life to calls for international action against his regime.

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