Push for Assad's ouster in Syria weakened

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Foes of Syrian President Bashar Assad are distracted by fragmentation within their ranks, foreign meddling and new finger-pointing over chemical weapons. And all that comes as the regime more firmly entrenches itself, giving no sign of stepping down any time soon.

With the two-year civil war slogging on in Syria, the United States appears closer than ever to sending military support to rebels in hopes of breaking the bloody impasse that has left more than 70,000 dead and forced more than 1 million refugees to flee their homes.

Beyond at least the threat of military intervention, there is growing consensus among the U.S. and its allies that little can be done to put new pressure on Assad to go.

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